A Cumbria-based home care business has opened a new satellite office in Grange-over-Sands, creating 18 jobs.
The new Westmorland Homecare branch is manned by four full-time staff and the company has taken on 14 new healthcare assistants to care for people in the Cartmel and Furness peninsulas.
Explaining the move, Dr Josh Macauley, joint director of Westmorland Homecare, said: “We have been operating in the Grange-over-Sands area for a while, but staff and clients there wanted to have a local base where people can pop in and talk to us and ask any questions they might have.
“Opening this satellite office means we can deliver care more effectively because we have local staff looking after local people. It means we can help the community of Grange by being an even more integral part of it.”
Westmorland Homecare was founded in 2017 by Macaulay, a former A&E doctor, and Dr Chris Moss, a former anaesthetist.
As well as the South Lakeland branch, based at Kendal, they also have a branch in the Fylde coast and Wyre district, which looks after clients in Blackpool, Poulton, Lytham and surrounding areas.
“Our ambition is to be the very best care provider it is possible to be and by a having well-resourced, well-staffed organisation embedded within the community we can deliver the absolutely best service possible,” said Dr Macauley.
“We want to be able to expand our social clubs into areas like Grange-over-Sands and help the local community and be part of it, which is why it is so important to have chairs and feet on the ground.
“We expect the number of staff we employ to grow because there is a huge demand in that area for our services.”