Leeds care provider creates 30 new jobs as independent living plans get go ahead

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From left Gail Lawton Finance Manager at Westward Care, Angela Randle General Manager at Southlands, Bronwyn Gregory Director of Nursing at Westward Care, Peter Hodkinson Managing Director Westward Care and Carol Ramsbottom Relationship Director at NatWest.
From left Gail Lawton Finance Manager at Westward Care, Angela Randle General Manager at Southlands, Bronwyn Gregory Director of Nursing at Westward Care, Peter Hodkinson Managing Director Westward Care and Carol Ramsbottom Relationship Director at NatWest.

WESTWARD CARE UNDERGOES MAJOR EXPANSION PROJECT WITH SUPPORT FROM NATWEST

One of Leeds’ most respected health and social care providers, Westward Care is building luxury new independent living apartments alongside its newly refurbished care facility at Southlands in Roundhay, Leeds as part of a £3.2million expansion project.
 
The development mirrors the highly successful and nationally acclaimed Headingley Hall facility, also in Leeds, and is being undertaken with support from NatWest. It will create much needed accommodation for local older people and up to 30 new jobs.
 
Set in a charming conservation area in the exclusive Roundhay district, the new facilities have been planned to provide older people and their families with a choice of different styles of accommodation and levels of care depending on their individual requirements.
 
Westward Care’s independent living apartments provide the perfect balance between independent living and supported care for residents and are a unique concept in Leeds. People buy their own fully serviced stand-alone luxury apartment with top of the range living, kitchen and bathroom facilities, plus access to facilities including a restaurant, concierge service, air-conditioned lounge, gardens, hairdressing salon and beauty room. Optional care and support can be accessed as required.
 
The new care rooms, meanwhile, will be suitable for those with more enhanced care needs. Southlands is already acknowledged as a first class provider of nursing care, having been awarded the Care Homes Accreditation Quality Hallmark Award under the Gold Standards Framework.
 
Peter Hodkinson, Managing Director of Westward Care, said: “We are delivering on what the Government is asking of care providers through the expansion, which is providing customers with a greater choice of options. We will be asking customers what they want and how they want to be served.”
 
Building works will be ongoing during 2014, with apartments being available to buy and new care rooms ready for occupation in winter 2014/15.
 
Westward Care operates two other facilities: Headingley Hall, Headingley and Pennington Court, Beeston. The business in Headingley incorporates the independent living-model.
 
When the time came to expand Southlands, Peter turned to NatWest Relationship Director Carol Ramsbottom, who specialises in the healthcare sector, for support.
 
Peter said: “Carol is a highly knowledgeable and professional relationship director. She understands the care sector and what is needed by businesses like ours and has kept in touch with us throughout the project.”
 
Carol said: “Westward Care provides a valuable service and I was delighted to support the business on this new project. I wish them every success for the future.”

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