Big jobs boost to provide extra care at home

21ST November 2011'OPENING OF NEW �1.5M EXTENSION AT CARE HOME, CREATING 50 NEW JOBS' 'LOCATION: VICARAGE COURT CARE HOME, VICARAGE GARDENS, NORTH FEATHERSTONE'Pictured: MP Jon Trickett and owner Jagjid Singh'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
21ST November 2011'OPENING OF NEW �1.5M EXTENSION AT CARE HOME, CREATING 50 NEW JOBS' 'LOCATION: VICARAGE COURT CARE HOME, VICARAGE GARDENS, NORTH FEATHERSTONE'Pictured: MP Jon Trickett and owner Jagjid Singh'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

A £1.5m extension to a Featherstone care home has created 50 new jobs in the community.

The Vicarage Court Care Home in North Featherstone has undergone a makeover to expand its facilities and give a jobs boost to the area.

The luxury facility – which caters specifically for dementia patients – has seen its staff more than double since the new wing opened on Friday.

Jag Singh, the facility’s chief executive, said: “Because we’ve created another 40 rooms, it’s more or less doubled in size.

“For every resident there’s a member of staff and all these new jobs are going to people in Featherstone, Carleton, Castleford, all over the area.

“The last job I filled we interviewed 15 people and 30 applied. I believe we’re the second largest employer in Featherstone and we’ve got a good reputation.

“When we have positions available, people apply because they want to work here.”

The new wing, which has 40 bedrooms, 11 apartments and day care facilities, was opened by Featherstone MP Jon Trickett.

It is being developed by Calsa Care, which was given an “excellent” rating by the Care Quality Commission for the home.

Jean Chilton, manager of the home said: “Our aim is to create the best care home in the north of England.

“We aim to cater for residents with dementia and those who would like residential care in a high-class environment.

“We have been established for 30 years and have a reputation for providing the highest level of care.”