New Doncaster care home creates 80 jobs

Elm Park care home at Woodlands, artist's impression
Elm Park care home at Woodlands, artist's impression

More than 80 jobs are being created at Doncaster’s newest private care home, which is due to open in September.

The £4 million Elm Park Care Home is being built on the site of a former garage in Woodlands, and will offer 75 places to people needing residential, nursing or specialist dementia care.

Facilities will include large en-suite bedrooms, a beauty salon, cinema, cafe, bar and multi-activity room, plus landscaped gardens.

It is the second in what is planned as a series of homes being built by care home entrepreneur Eric Dixon, who set up Willow Park care home in Pontefract in 2011.

Mr Dixon said: “We are creating at least 80 jobs here in Doncaster and we have had a flood of applications for them.

“We are making a big investment in the home and its facilities, but the real emphasis will be on the quality of care.

“Staff are what make a successful care home and we are handpicking a team of experienced people, and supporting them with continuous training and a good career plan.

“By employing local people we aim to make the home part of the Doncaster community, where families can drop in for a cup of tea in our cafe, attend courses on dementia and other topics, and take an active part in care planning for their relatives.

“Elm Park will follow the same successful format as our home in Pontefract and will offer older people the privacy and comfort they are entitled to.

“There is a large elderly population in and around Doncaster and there has already been a lot of interest in the new home.”