Eco-friendly care home ‘weeks away’

how the Whitby Court development will appear
how the Whitby Court development will appear

With just weeks to go before the doors of Whitby’s newest privately owned care home open, its developers say applications have flooded in for the 80 full and part time jobs that will be created.

Whitby Court, which is being built on the site of the old Magistrates’ Court on Waterstead Lane, will offer 50 places to people needing residential, nursing or specialist dementia care.

John Fisher, one of the partners behind Whitby Court, said: “This will be a real jobs boost for the town and its people. Because this will be a new breed of care home where the focus will be care that is tailored around every resident’s individual needs and preferences, part of the training will see our new recruits spend time at Esk Hall care home before they start at Whitby Court, to make sure they fully absorb our culture and quality of care.

“We are interviewing now and are on track to welcome our first residents in February, and we already have a waiting list of people keen to drop in and have a look round and see for themselves what modern care looks like.

“The quality of our staff and the care they provide are what make a care home a real home, so we are very pleased with the high calibre of people who have applied for jobs so far.”

The new building includes en-suite bathrooms to every room, a residents’ kitchen, an indoor garden, multisensory room, beauty salon and coffee shop, all backed up by round the clock nursing care and support for those who need it. It will also be the town’s first eco-friendly care home, with a biomass boiler, solar panels, energy saving lighting and under floor heating all contributing to a low carbon footprint.

Mr Fisher, who also owns Esk Hall care home in Sleights added: “Everyone wants to stay in their own home for as long as possible, and moving into care is a huge decision and one that many people understandably find difficult.

“We are investing millions in creating a welcoming, home from home environment where people can be looked after but still enjoy their independence.”

Anyone interested in applying for a job should contact Richard Inman at the Fisher Partnership on 01423 508917 for more details and an application form.