Minibus will give elderly residents new lease of life

CARE home residents are celebrating after receiving a brand new minibus just weeks after their managing director appeared on the TV show Undercover Boss.

Holywell Dene Care Home is one of 200 HC-One homes across the country to receive a specially-designed mobility minibus.

Managing director Pam Finnis appeared on the Channel 4 programme to highlight some of the great work being done at all levels in the health and social care sector and to see first hand the business.

She said: “The arrival of the HC-One minibus fleet is a milestone for the company.

“HC-One’s aim is to provide the kindest care in the country and enabling residents to enjoy life in the community around the home is fundamental to achieving this aim.

“It was a lengthy selection process in choosing the minibuses, and we looked at a number of different manufacturers and models.

“We also viewed a prototype minibus in early July with residents, a home manager and activities co-ordinators to ensure it met their expectations.

“The minibuses have been specially converted to become wheelchair accessible, with a new floor fitted to each for seat belt fixings, along with a tail lift, side step, blue internal lights for night travel, a skylight hatch and heating.

“As we roll out the minibuses to HC-One homes across the UK, residents will enjoy more exciting outings and lead a fuller life.”

Situated in Holywell Village, Holywell Dene is a purpose-built 50 bed care home offering dementia and residential care.