Holcroft Grange is managed by Shirley Paton, a qualified and dedicated professional with experience of managing services that meet the needs of older people and in the training and development of people. Shirley has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality and care sectors in various roles ranging from training, NVQ assessor and area manager. She joined CLS in 2006 as Home Services Manager, before being promoted to acting manager and most recently Home Manager in 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in Psychology from Liverpool University and holds the level five diploma in Leadership and management.
Holcroft Grange has 40 single rooms, four of which have en suite bathroom facilities. All rooms have television points.
There are a number of pleasant lounge areas around the building, two of which have access to tea-making facilities for visitors to use. One of the lounges is fitted with a hearing loop, a discreet device to improve sound reception and aid those with hearing difficulties. There is also a pleasant garden.
Additional services available to residents include a hairdresser who visits twice a week, and newspaper or magazine deliveries which are arranged through a local newsagent. These are charged on a weekly basis as used. Residents can of course go to their own hairdresser in the village if they prefer. A private chiropodist visits the home on a regular basis. The local dentist also visits the home when needed.
The home’s activities co-ordinator holds regular meetings with the people who live in the home. The co-ordinator spends time with individual people seeking their views on which activities they enjoy and would like to continue to participate in. The activities on offer to the people living in Holcroft Grange are bingo, baking, dominoes, chair exercises and craft work. We would try to support anyone wishing to continue with a hobby or any other interest.
The home is supported by a group of volunteers who work with the activities co-ordinator. Home entertainment is provided on a monthly basis by visiting entertainers. Trips on canal boats, to shows and on picnics are also arranged. These visits are enjoyed by everyone. The home is supported by local school children who regularly come to visit the home and entertain residents with their singing.
Meals are usually taken in one of the two pleasant dining rooms at Holcroft Grange, although residents can if they wish have their meals served to them in their rooms. The meals are varied and nutritious and personal needs and diets are catered for. Mealtimes are relaxed and staff allow the time the people need to finish their meals comfortably. Visitors are requested not to visit at mealtimes so that residents are not disturbed but special arrangements can be made for them to join the resident for a meal. There are tea making facilities in both of the lounges for visitors to make a drink during their visit.
There is a regular visit from people belonging to the Methodist Church who hold a Church Service in the Sun Lounge. Roman Catholic Communion is held in the home once a week. The Church of England visits the home once a month.
Holcroft Grange enjoys an excellent location in the heart of the village of Culcheth. There are numerous small shops and a supermarket within walking distance and pleasant small cafes to visit with relatives or friends. There is a local pub and some of the residents have enjoyed meals there. The doctors surgeries are within a two minute walking distance. The area is serviced by a good bus service that is convenient for trips to Leigh or Warrington.