A leading Yorkshire-based social care group continues to invest in its care homes as it develops a broader portfolio of personalised services to meet the changing needs of users.
HICA Group recently invested more than £600,000 in a major refurbishment of The Hollies, based in Hessle, Hull.
The investment marks a significant milestone in the future provision of dementia care, redefining the traditional care home model.
The care home now provides a model of care that can be adapted to enhance the quality of life for residents in various other HICA care settings including residential and nursing care homes, home care and supported living, which is part of the Group’s long term strategic plan.
The renovations at The Hollies care home, which started in August 2022, include the addition of two new residential suites. The Hessle Suite comprises eight deluxe residential studio apartments and The Tranby Suite, a pioneering female-only living community, which caters for the specific needs and preferences of female residents. The enhancements also include a fresh look reception, seating area, hairdressing salon and bistro.
Terry Peel, CEO at the not-for-profit HICA Group, said: “This is not only a significant moment for HICA Group but for dementia care provision overall.
“Our new female only suite is particularly significant and reflects the highly bespoke and personalised care HICA Group provides.
“A female only care provision acknowledges the unique needs, experiences and challenges faced by female residents with dementia.
“Single gender care signals a big step towards a much more tailored and supportive environment for our residents, helping to reduce agitation or behavioural issues more prevalent to living in a mixed gender setting and improve their quality of life.
“This renovation exemplifies our dedication to creating innovative, resident-centered environments that combine modern luxury with personalised care within a homely environment.
“I must thank everyone that’s been involved in the project – I’m confident the investment will provide a step forward in the approach to and application of dementia care.”
The Hollies caters for 43 residents in total, with The Hessle Suite providing care for eight residents, The Humber Suite accommodating 18 residents and the all-female Tranby Suite providing care for 17 female residents.
Terry said: “The Hollies represents a vision of the future care home, where modern luxury is combined with high quality, personalised and compassionate care.
“Our renovations have created a unique environment that reflects the evolving needs and preferences of people requiring residential and dementia care in today’s world, driving up standards of care provision across the sector.
“We’re now looking to emulate the care provision provided at The Hollies, especially in terms of dementia care, across our other care services where we believe it’ll prove successful.”