THE £5m Reuben Manor care home in Yarm has been officially opened by legendary TV star Sir Jimmy Savile.
Known to millions as the presenter of Jim’ll Fix It, Sir Jimmy marked the occasion yesterday by planting a tree in memory of Reuben Walters, father of care home owner Angela Swift, who, together with her husband, have ploughed £1.5m of their savings into the venture.
The 83-bed home provides specialist, permanent and respite care for the elderly and will be the blueprint for a string of luxury care home communities across the North.
Ms Swift, a former estate agent from Stockton, has secured land for other homes in Tees Valley, Burnley and Pontefract and plans to have five homes in operation within five years.
A 70-bed nursing home in Burnley is expected to open next year.
Tees Valley is home to several entrepreneurs who have capitalised on a care home boom fuelled by Britain’s aging population, with one in four people expected to be over 65 by 2031.