We’ve been leading the way in social care for decades. Here are some highlights from our story so far.
In the spring we officially open the doors of our latest home, Sherwood Grange in Kingston Vale, south London. Meanwhile, our chefs, residents and their families lend their knowledge and experience to help us create a brand new guide, Eating as we age. Designed to help those caring for older loved ones at home, the guide offers helpful tips and advice on maintaining wellbeing through nutrition and hydration.
We set a new Care UK record in the summer, with 106 of our care homes taking part in National Care Home Open Day. This annual event showcases the superb quality of life that older people enjoy in care homes, and helps to forge lasting ties between care homes and their local communities.
We get the year off to a fun start as residents from many of our care homes take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. We provide homes with bird feeders, seed and guides to help residents create bird-friendly habitats and identify the visitors to their gardens. The project is a great source of enjoyable activities for residents with different levels of ability, including those living with dementia.
We mark two new home openings this year: Abney Court in the grounds of historic Abney Hall in Cheadle, Cheshire; and Cavell Court on the outskirts of Norwich. Cavell Court is named in honour of Edith Cavell, the locally born nurse celebrated for saving the lives of hundreds of soldiers in the First World War. This year marks the centenary of her death.
We publish our third guide to support people caring for loved ones living with dementia. Called Good to go, the guide is launched by broadcaster Angela Rippon and highlights the emotional and physical benefits of keeping active and getting out and about for people living with dementia.
In the first half of the year we make key appointments to our management team: Andrew Knight joins us in February as managing director, while Matt Rosenberg joins us in May as finance and commercial director. With Andrew’s background in successful consumer-facing organisations, we’re in the best position to lead the way in delivering the next generation of care homes.
The year is a busy one, with the opening of four of the Suffolk care homes we’re building as part of our £60 million investment plan and partnership with Suffolk County Council. We also open luxury homes across the country: Field Lodge in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, Scarlet House in Stroud, Priors House in Leamington Spa and Mountfitchet House in Essex.
Over the summer, we publish a new guide to activity based care As Easy as ABC, to help families caring for a loved one living with dementia. We also mark the official openings of Bowes House care home in Hailsham and Foxbridge House in Orpington.
In November Dr Nori Graham, Vice President and former Chair of the National Alzheimer’s Society of England and Alzheimer’s Disease International becomes a non-executive director.
Our new care homes programme continues in September with the opening of a brand new, purpose-built home at Mill View in East Grinstead.
In October we learn that we have been selected by Suffolk County Council to be its partner to fulfil its long term vision for older people’s care in the county. The £60 million project will see Care UK building ten new care homes and wellbeing centres over the next two years to meet the growing demand for specialist care for frail older people in the county, including those living with dementia.
It’s in this year that our expansion plans really start to take off. Heather View, the first of our new care homes, opens in Crowborough, East Sussex during the summer. Over the next four years we plan to build some 30 new purpose-built, luxury care homes which are designed to meet the growing demand for innovative, modern care services for older people, particularly those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The dedication of Care UK’s staff in residential homes across the country is acknowledged at the 2011 National Dementia Care Awards. Nominated in five of the 12 categories, we come away with three awards that recognise outstanding service in caring for people with dementia.
Late in the year we complete the transfer of 25 care homes formerly operated by Southern Cross Healthcare Group Plc.
This year sees us sign a twelve-year contract with the London Borough of Hillingdon, covering four homes. Surrey County Council also appoints us as manager of its seven residential homes.
In March we change our name from Anglia Secure Homes to Care UK Plc.
We start the year by gaining a full listing on the London Stock Exchange. August sees us open our first care home at Little Holland Hall.
Haven Management Services Limited becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Anglia Secure Homes plc, and we join the Unlisted Securities Market in July (at this point we were too small to qualify for a full listing on the London Stock Exchange).
We begin life in Essex as Anglia Secure Homes, a specialist provider of retirement homes and sheltered housing.