Halmer Grange worker to open new care centre

At the new day care centre are (from left) Jo Gray, Mandy Crisp, Di Carter and Sue White.
At the new day care centre are (from left) Jo Gray, Mandy Crisp, Di Carter and Sue White.
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A CARE worker facing redundancy when Halmer Grange closed is due to open her own day care centre for the home’s former residents.

And the new business will also employ four other members of Halmer Grange staff who were going to lose their jobs due to the closure.

Mandy Crisp, a former relief care worker, expects to get the keys today to Fulney Hall in Spalding’s Holbeach Road, which she is hoping will then open to up to 15 people on October 17.

She said: “We have been aware of cuts to services for almost two years and knew that Halmer Grange was going to close for about a year, and that gave us the impetus to start our own day care centre.

“All four of our staff are coming from Halmer Grange and they are all so excited and passionate about starting this new project.

“We see it as a positive change for the users of Halmer Grange who want to meet up with friends and enjoy a rewarding experience.”

Mrs Crisp worked at Halmer Grange for five years and in care services for Lincolnshire County Council for 14 years.

She and the other staff at the new Fulney Hall Day Care have more than 50 years’ experience between them.

The ratio of staff to users of the new service will be five to one and the day centre will be open from 10am to 4.30pm to the elderly and those with dementia.

Mrs Crisp said: “All but one of the referrals we have received so far are for former users of Halmer Grange, although places are still available.

“Something new we will be able to offer is some flexibility for people to be able to pay by the hour if they require a shorter day.

“That is really useful for carers if they have an appointment and need support to look after a family member.”

The day care centre will offer a two-course lunch and refreshments, as well as mental, physical and creative activities, such as gardening, art, exercise, singing and reminiscing.

The hall’s proximity to Springfield’s will also enable staff to take users shopping or for a stroll in the gardens.

Mandy is now busy preparing the hall and moving in equipment, much of which she has acquired from Halmer Grange,

She plans to hold an open day on Monday, October 17, to give people the chance to look round.

Brochures are also available and anyone wanting more information can call 01775 714860 or e-mail spaldingcareserviceslim ited@googlemail.com