A hotel in West Yorkshire has been converted into the UK’s first ‘Nightingale’ care home to help take in vulnerable people who can’t be cared for in their own homes due to the crisis.
A pilot scheme run by Calderdale council has seen the four-star Cedar Court Hotel turned into a 113-bed care home, with the hotel now registered with the Care Quality Commission as a care home.
Staff at the hotel, which closed for business on March 20 following government advice, have been trained in infection control and the use of personal protective equipment to help work with 28 specialist carers brought in especially by the council.
Speaking to Boutique Hotelier, Wayne Topley, managing director of Cedar Court Hotels, said: “We temporarily closed our 4 hotels on the 20th March before the Government lockdown was confirmed, it was becoming more difficult to protect the team and our guests. This allowed us to focus our sales team on reaching out to our customers and contacts to ask them how we can we help them.
“From the moment the need was identified with Calderdale Council our focus was 100% on how can we make this happen with safety and community support being the two main drivers.
“The challenge of repurposing a hotel business has been a stretching exercise for the entire team and undoubtedly a new skill for us all, I am confident this will serve us well over the next 12-18 months.
“It’s fantastic to play a real role in supporting our community as well as ensuring our team are safe, the positive feedback we have received have been an additional boost for the team.”
Fiona Smith, Cedar Court’s home care manager, said: “We have been working with Cedar Court hotel in Halifax to create a facility which meets the needs of vulnerable people who can’t be cared for in their own home. This is usually following discharge from hospital or to prevent admission to hospital but it is also available to provide carers with some respite or where a carer may no longer able to provide the support which is needed, for example through illness.
“Cedar Court has bedroom facilities and offers house-keeping, catering and laundry to provide a safe and comfortable place where people can recuperate.”