Care home complete with salon and mock train carriage opens - potentially creating up to 60 jobs

A new care home owned by Hartlepool United FC chairman Raj Singh has opened in Redcar potentially creating up to 60 new jobs.

Yew Tree Grange opened to residents last week following a multi-million-pound investment from the site’s locally owned developer, Prestige Group. The care home is the firm’s flagship development and boasts suite rooms that are 50% larger than standard with ensuite bathrooms, large beds, furniture packages, personal in-room fridges, flat screen TVs and garden patios.

Additionally, there’s a boutique dining area with a varied choice of dishes from the menu, a hair and beauty salon, separate lounge and games rooms, private gardens and even a mock interactive train carriage where residents can take a trip down memory lane.

Mr Singh, owner and chairman of Prestige group which launched 30 years ago and now employs over 650 staff, said the development will “look to set a new benchmark” for elderly care services in the region. Mr Singh said: “Yew Tree Grange underlines our commitment to invest in outstanding homes for people, and we are proud that this level of quality is synonymous with our ambition to be one of the best providers of elderly care services in England.”

He added: “We believe in fostering a sense of community and companionship, where residents can forge meaningful relationships and create environments where people can thrive."

Prestige Group cares for over 550 elderly people at seven homes across the North East.

During the planning stage, members of Redcar and Cleveland Council’s regulatory committee expressed concern about whether there would be sufficient car parking and were told that 19 new parking spaces were planned, along with a pedal cycle rack and space for two motorbikes.

Other concerns included noise pollution, smells from meals being cooked for residents, and a lack of privacy for neighbouring homes. There were no objections from the council’s highways department, which said proposed car parking was adequate, and the principle of development had already been established through previous applications.

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