Care home expands to bring 50 new jobs

Deputy chief executive Pat Asquith, left, and nurse manager Janet Thompson at the site of the planned state-of-the-art new care home Asquith Villas, Burnley Road, Todmorden
Deputy chief executive Pat Asquith, left, and nurse manager Janet Thompson at the site of the planned state-of-the-art new care home Asquith Villas, Burnley Road, Todmorden

MORE than 50 jobs will be created at a state-of-the-art new care home.

Planners have given the go-ahead for Asquith Villas, a 23-bed assisted living unit adjoining the existing Asquith Hall care home on Burnley Road, Todmorden.

Casicare applied to Calderdale Council for planning permission for the development due to increasing demand for specialist care in the area.

Building work is expected to start by the end of the year, creating positions for full and part time nurses, care staff and ancillary workers.

Pat Asquith, deputy chief executive of Care and Support Initiatives, which runs Asquith Hall, said: “We are delighted to get planning permission.

“It’s good news for Todmorden.

“We have a good workforce and are pleased that we are making more jobs available in Todmorden.”

Asquith Villas will provide semi-independent living accommodation with close links to Asquith Hall.

The two facilities will share resources and staffing.

Mrs Asquith said: “Because of high demand for very specialist health care, we are making a special unit for 23 beds.

“It’s going to be a specialist nursing home like Asquith Hall.

“Asquith Hall has done so well that we need to expand to accommodate the waiting list.

“There are so many people needing specialist care.

“We hope to start building by the end of the year, subject to a contractor being appointed.”

Asquith Hall opened in May 2010.

Over the past couple of years, it has won several national awards for the high quality of care it provides.