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Dales Community Care has a Strong Agricultural Influence

Co-director Anne Close and several other members of the team at Dales Community Care in Grassington are farmers’ wives and the company already has a good number of retired and semi-retired farmers on its books.

The business is the brainchild of Anne and co-director Wendy Woods, both care professionals, who commented: “It is our vision to employ local people to look after local people within their own homes."

Dales Community Care team

New era in community care. Dales Community Care team members are pictured outside their Grassington headquarters. Front are founders and joint directors Wendy Woods, left, and Anne Close, with, rear from left, Sue Brooks, team leader, Claire Burrow, senior carer and administrator, Julie Phillips, trainee team leader, and Karen Thornton, team leader for Grassington.

The duo, who each have more than 20 years’ experience in the social care sector, established the business in February after the closure of the former Threshfield Community Care, where Wendy was manager and Anne deputy manager.

From a standing start, Dales Community Care has made an immediate impact and now offers domiciliary care to adults over the age of 18 covering basic to extremely complex needs, taking in Upper Wharfedale, Littondale, Skipton, Settle and across North and South Craven.

“We perform everything involved with personal care in the home – from providing a friendly face to talk to, making and assisting with meals, cleaning, shopping, helping with personal hygiene, mobility assistance, picking up prescriptions and medication management, accessing health appointments and community services, sitting, overnight and palliative care,” explained Anne.

Dales Community Care also offers specialist end of life care for adults, the majority older people suffering from dementia, physical disabilities, sensory loss, mental health problems, sickness and terminal illness. Cover for carers needing well-earned breaks is also part of the evolving remit.

Both Anne and Wendy hold recognised Health and Social care, training and assessing qualifications, while Wendy also acts as registered manager, a requirement of the industry’s national regulatory body, the Care Quality Commission, which has just accredited Dales Community Care as being compliant in meeting the required standards.

“We strive to ensure that all our clients are both encouraged and assisted to live their lives as independently as possible within their own homes. Our passion is to provide them with the best possible quality person-centred care of their choice,” stressed Wendy.

Dales Community Care has already established excellent working relationships with district nurses, GPs and Social Services. Its multi-disciplined team of carers now stands at 26-strong, all either holding or working towards recognised Diploma in Health and Social Care qualifications.

Due to current and future projected expansion, Dales Community Care has embarked on a drive to recruit new carers across its operational heartlands.

“We are looking to take on people who live in the area. We prefer them to be local, so they are on the doorstep if the need is urgent. Full training will be given,” explained Anne, who is also responsible for delivering the in-house training programme at the company’s Sig Barn headquarters in Wood Lane, Grassington.

Both principals paid tribute to the help and support of their respective husbands in establishing the new business. Wendy’s husband Steve is a lawyer in Leeds and has been invaluable, while Anne’s husband Richard farms at Starbotton.


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