Care home jobs boost in village

NILALM110808C1 - Bramble lodge care home extension. from left Care manager Karen Harlow, Directors Chris Winlow, Sheila Winlow, Nigel Cumberland and Sue Cumberland
NILALM110808C1 - Bramble lodge care home extension. from left Care manager Karen Harlow, Directors Chris Winlow, Sheila Winlow, Nigel Cumberland and Sue Cumberland
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AN EXTENSION to a West Hallam care home will provide at least 18 new jobs, the owners have said.

Bramble Lodge in High Lane West has started to advertise for full-time and part-time positions ready for when it increases in size by about 50 per cent.

In the wake of the Southern Cross fiasco, which has left thousands of care home residents across the country – including in three Ilkeston homes – uncertain about their future, owner Nigel Cumberland pledged that his family-run home ‘takes care of people rather than profits’.

“Generally family-run firms rely on a better business model than some of the bigger organisations,” he said.

Talking about Southern Cross’s problems, he said: “The thing that annoys me is that it reflects badly on the whole of the industry – we get tarred with the same brush.”

Nigel’s wife Sue has been manager since it opened in 1997 as a 30-bed residential care home for older people, extending in 2000 to add 11 more beds.

The home has the top three-star ‘excellent’ rating from the Care Quality Commission,

After the 24-bedroom extension is built the new jobs will range from cleaners and cooks to care assistants.

The home held an open day when planning permission was granted last year as some villagers had concerns about the removal of trees.

And Nigel said the home now has a re-planting plan, approved by Erewash Borough Council, and there will be ‘wild areas’ in the new garden to encourage wildlife, including a bat box.

A time capsule will be embedded into the wall during the building work, containing, amongst other items, a copy of the Ilkeston Advertiser.