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A festive welcome for new residents as Harrogate’s newest luxury care home opens

Springfield Healthcare’s management team are delighted to announce that their newest care Home, Harcourt Gardens in Harrogate is now open and extending a festive welcome to new residents.

Harcourt Gardens offers the very best of care, in a fantastic setting at the heart of the Harrogate community, just a short walk from The Stray and Harrogate town centre. Harcourt Gardens promises to be the jewel in the crown for the luxury care home provider and is proving to be very popular with several beds already booked.

Springfield’s CEO, Graeme Lee, said ‘We are so proud of Harcourt Gardens, the team have worked hard to deliver something very special. We are challenging perceptions of what a care home is like, and offering a personalised, lifestyle choice for people who want to maintain their independence and way of life with a little extra support on tap. Our care pathway also means we can help them as their needs change, with specialist dementia and nursing care available too.’

Nigel Allen, Harcourt Gardens Home Manager said ‘We are so delighted with the response to our new Home. We will start to welcome new residents this week in time for a very special Christmas. Staff are testing 5 times a week and we have very clear ‘safe tours, admissions and visits’ policies in place to ensure that our new residents are happy, well cared for and safe.’

Pictured (from left to right): Nicola Goodsall (Deputy Manager), Nigel Allen (Home Manager) and Tracey Avery (Head of Housekeeping)

Pictured (from left to right): Nicola Goodsall (Deputy Manager), Nigel Allen (Home Manager) and Tracey Avery (Head of Housekeeping)

Chocolate Works Sponsor Special Recognition Nursing Award

Chocolate Works Care Village is delighted to be sponsoring this week’s York Press Community Pride Awards – Special Recognition Nursing Award.

Home Manager, Sarah Paskett, who will be presenting the award at York Racecourse on Thursday 14th October, said “It’s a great honour to be asked to present this prize.  As a nurse myself for over 20 years I have been privileged to work with some very special nurses indeed.  I am sure that it was difficult to create a shortlist from so many deserving nominees.”

Graeme Lee, Group CEO of care operator Springfield Healthcare, commented “I am delighted that we are sponsoring this award.  The communities that we operate in mean a great deal to us as a company and to me, personally. This award is particularly special as my mother who co-founded Springfield, was a nurse.  Congratulations to all of those nominated for the incredible work that you.”

Chocolate Works Care Village is home to nearly a hundred residents receiving person-centred residential, nursing and dementia care from an experienced and professional team.  Daily life is peppered with opportunities to engage in practical and social activities designed to enhance overall wellbeing with as much or as little support as needed.  We welcome visits from prospective residents and their families by appointment and a warm welcome awaits.

Chocolate Works Care Village on Bishopthorpe Road, York opened in June 2017 following a £10M renovation of the old headquarters of Terry’s of York.  The site had been practically derelict and was the brainchild of Springfield Group CEO, Graeme Lee, whose vision was to create a unique environment for the citizens of York and the surrounding area.   Setting new standards for elderly care in the heart of the community the vast central double height glazed atrium has been preserved and transformed into a unique ‘marketplace’ setting for the residents and visitors, complete with café, restaurant, spa, hairdresser, gym and even its own fully licensed pub, The Duke of York! A large roof terrace allows residents to enjoy uninterrupted views across York towards the Minster, adjoining race-course and across the rest of the chocolate works site.

Springfield Healthcare is a Yorkshire based, family run health and social care provider who also operate Care Villages & Care Homes in Leeds, Ilkley and Harrogate.  Springfield also has a domiciliary care division employing over 850 people across Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East.  Springfield began in 1967 with the first care home in the Leeds area, started by Albert and Andrea Lee, parents of current CEO Graeme Lee.

Special Recognition Nursing Award won by Jean Dawson, received by Lucy Stoakes from Local IQ, from Sarah Paskett (sponsor Springfield Healthcare).

Special Recognition Nursing Award won by Jean Dawson, received by Lucy Stoakes from Local IQ, from Sarah Paskett (sponsor Springfield Healthcare).

Care home residents are back on the road with York Bike Belles

Care home residents can get out and about in a specially designed rickshaw again after the service was relaunched post-pandemic. York Bike Belles’ Cycling Without Age Rides had been put on hold since March 2020 due to Covid-19, but the service is now back to take care home residents around the city free of charge.

The volunteer-run business uses a special-assist rickshaw called ‘Trixie’ to improve the wellbeing of residents, by taking them out in the fresh air and getting them more involved with the wider York community.

Sheridan Piggott, programme manager of York Bike Belles, said: “We’re so excited to be able to restart Cycling Without Age Rides again and help our care communities recover from the pandemic. Care home residents have had an extremely challenging time during Covid-19 – wheeling along, passengers can sit back, relax, look at the sky, chat and feel part of life again. Many are even inspired to burst into song!”

Sheridan said that, according to an Age UK report in July 2021, the pandemic has left ‘deep physical and emotional scars’ on a significant proportion of our older population. The Rides work to boost better mental wellbeing for residents by getting them out in fresh air and socialising with others, enjoying the city outside of their care homes.

Libertee Hull, wellbeing coordinator at Chocolate Works Care Village, said: “The rides give the residents the opportunity to get outside which, since the pandemic, is the most important thing. Our residents get mentally and physically stimulated on the bike which helps them keep healthy in general, and with all sorts of mental health. We are all very keen and excited to have the rides back.”

Ciara Turner, a YBB volunteer, Julie Kay, YBB rides co-ordinator, Maureen, Chocolate Works resident,, Margaret, also a Chocolate Works resident, Peter Huxford, a YBB volunteer pedaller, Libertee Hull and Sheridan Piggott

Ciara Turner, a YBB volunteer, Julie Kay, YBB rides co-ordinator, Maureen, Chocolate Works resident, Margaret, also a Chocolate Works resident, Peter Huxford, a YBB volunteer pedaller, Libertee Hull and Sheridan Piggott