35 jobs created by care home in Tittensor after building new extension
A NURSING home has created 35 jobs by building a new extension.
Work at Heyfields Nursing Home, in Tittensor, is due to be completed in December on a new specialist unit, which will provide palliative care for up to 11 residents.
Owners Tim Warren and his mother Beverly Warren have filled nearly all of the 35 full and part-time jobs, which range from nursing and care staff to domestic and kitchen workers.
Mr Warren, aged 35, from Barlaston, said he was delighted by the response from applicants hoping to secure a job.
"We were absolutely inundated with applications," he said.
"I was actually quite surprised – and delighted – at the volume we received.
"Hopefully as well as providing a care service for people in the community, we have also proved useful to people who want to pursue their careers in care."
The new unit will be used to care for patients who have months or weeks left to live.
It will offer individuals an alternative to hospice care, where patients may have shorter life expectancies.
The planning application for the wing, which was given the go-ahead by Stafford Borough Council, highlighted a need for providing alternative methods of care.
The application stated: "Evidence from studies and pilot projects in the West Midlands indicates that a considerable number of people are admitted unnecessarily to acute hospital beds at the end-of-life stage."
Mr Warren said: "In terms of the care, what we will be offering will be no different from a hospice.
"The difference is that because patients will be with us for a bit longer, we can try and make their rooms a bit more of a home from home.
"They can put their pictures up, bring in furniture and settle in a bit more, hopefully enjoy the company of their neighbours."
The single-storey building will go up on the existing site and will include bedrooms, communal areas and offices.
The plans were submitted to try to meet demand from potential residents.
Beverly Warren, aged 67, has run the nursing home for 27 years.
She said: "I think in this economic climate it is great that we had the opportunity to employ over 30 people in a range of jobs.
"I'm particularly pleased that we could create nursing jobs as we're hearing so much about cuts in nursing."
Beverly said current staff will have the opportunity to work in the new unit on a rotational basis.
She said: "The staff are keen to get to know the new unit and it will be good for all our staff to get to know all of our patients, rather than dividing them between the two buildings."
Work on the new unit is expected to be finished within four weeks, depending on the weather conditions.