£1m care home for dementia care

Dr Darryl Britto (left) with Gail Fielding and David Potts from Yorkshire Bank
Dr Darryl Britto (left) with Gail Fielding and David Potts from Yorkshire Bank
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A £1m care home in Barnsley will create more than 40 jobs and care for 64 residents, including those with dementia.

Ward Green Lodge Care Home, near Worsbrough, is purpose-built for the elderly and those with specialist needs and is being run by one of the UK’s leading psychiatrists, Dr Darryl Britto.

The home features en-suite bedrooms and mod cons and the grounds include a sensory garden.

Staff are trained to be compassionate yet speak out over any faults within the organisation, according to Dr Britto, managing director of Britto Healthcare.

He had been looking to buy and operate a specialist care home for several years before buying Ward Green Lodge from local operator Ideal Care Homes.

He said: “It has long-been recognised that the UK population is growing older and living longer. The demand for specialist healthcare services for the elderly and those with chronic physical and mental healthcare needs is growing but needs a compassionate, yet firm and sympathetic approach to improve the quality of life for dementia sufferers.

“Ward Green Lodge will provide services in a high quality, professional and welcoming environment and I would like to thank Yorkshire Bank for its support in helping to provide much-needed quality services to the local area.

“We are currently building up a team of around 40 highly qualified and experienced healthcare professionals as we look forward to the care and well-being of the first few residents who have already benefited from the high quality physical, environmental and psychosocial interventions.”

The home was funded by Yorkshire Bank and the deal was delivered by Gail Fielding, its healthcare business development manager in the East of England.

She said: “Dr Britto is highly regarded in the region and across the UK and we are confident Ward Green Lodge will provide an outstanding level of care for its residents with specialist needs.

“Care home owners and operators across the UK are looking to the future with optimism. Many are investing in their homes to provide high quality care.”