Crown Care create 100 jobs with new residential home opening

North East care provider Crown Care is expanding by opening its 11th residential care centre, creating 100 new jobs

Crown Care's latest care home in Selby
Crown Care's latest care home in Selby

Newcastle-based Crown Care is set to open Osborne House in Selby before Christmas, a 74-bed centre providing a clinically-led physical and psychological recovery programme for adults with complex care needs.

More jobs will also be created by the firm in 2014, after it was granted planning permission for homes in Knottingley, Wakefield and Ponteland, Northumberland, and construction is due to begin in the new year. Last year Crown Care announced it was looking for more sites in the region and that it also has long-term plans to expand into the Midlands, North West, South and Scotland.

Crown Care started as Ladhar Care homes in 1989 and forms part of the Ladhar Group, which also operates three homes in Northumberland for adults with learning disabilities under the brand of Flexible Support Options, a UK provider of supported living for individuals with learning disabilities.

Last year Ladhar Group care homes changed its name to Crown Care and it is currently undergoing a rebranding exercise at its existing homes, while continuing to build new facilities as it seeks to become a more significant player in the UK residential and nursing care sector.

Group director Michael Ladhar said: “While many building projects have stalled due to the recession, we have continued to invest – creating homes and care centres to the highest possible standards, making the environment as comfortable as we can for our residents and guests.”

Osborne House will have a library, IT suite and cafe and it will cater for all categories of care, including residential, nursing, dementia, permanent, specialist and respite.

Wendy Conn, Crown Care’s managing director of healthcare, said: “The facilities at Osborne House will be fantastic. It will have a feel of home-from-home and has been designed to give the people who to live here or stay with us, the comfort and care they deserve.”

An open weekend has already been held for families of potential residents, with the first residents expected to move in for Christmas.

The group, which has its head office in Newcastle, was founded by Baldev and his brother Amarijit, who now run it with their sons Michael and Barry.

The Ladhar family own and operate a diverse portfolio of businesses and a large leisure vision, running pubs, nightclubs and cafes in Newcastle city centre and locations throughout the UK. The group employs more than 2,500 staff and had sales of over £70m in 2011.

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