Then new care home has created 80 new jobs and offers exceptional nurse-led care to working age adults living with a range of complex care needs.

Exemplar Health Care, one of the country’s leading nursing care providers for adults living with complex care needs, has marked the official opening of Fernwood care home, located on Knowsley Lane.

Cutting the ribbon was The Worshipful the Mayor of Knowsley, Councillor Eddie Connor who expressed his gratitude to the home’s care team for their dedication to residents. In addition, he noted Exemplar Health Care’s commitment to the community, highlighting the need for care services in the area for people with complex needs.

The new home is the result of an extensive refurbishment and extension of the former building, Knowsley Manor, which started in March 2023.

Fernwood care home is Exemplar Health Care’s first home in Knowsley and focuses on supporting adults living with acquired brain injuries, complex mental health needs, dementia and physical disabilities. The opening of the new home has created 80 new healthcare jobs in the local area.

The home has 28 large bedrooms, each with an ensuite wet room, split across two, 14-bed communities. With this small group living model, Exemplar Health Care has found it can provide a homely and supportive environment that is fully responsive to people’s needs. The home also features communal dining and living spaces, an activities hub, therapy room, consultation room, visitors’ suite and an accessible garden.

People living at Fernwood will be able to access the full range of clinical and holistic care they need. The new staff team prides itself on empowering residents to maximise their independence in a way that works for them based on their healthcare needs, whilst providing the support they need to live fulfilling and enjoyable lives.

For those looking to advance their careers or take up a new challenge, several roles are still being recruited, including a Health Care Assistant and a Nurse Unit Manager. Full details can be found on the Exemplar Health Care careers website:

Lindsay Holcroft, Commissioning Manager at Exemplar Health Care, said:

“We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of our state-of-the-art care home in Knowsley following an extensive refurbishment of the building. This new home embodies our commitment to providing exceptional care and support to those living with complex care needs. 

“We know this type of service is in high demand for individuals and families in the Knowsley area and our dedicated team is looking forward to working with local Commissioners, Social Workers, and families to make a positive difference to people that need long term nursing care and support.”

Valerie Ward, Home Manager at Fernwood care home, said:

“I am deeply committed to creating an environment that fosters inclusivity and empowerment, and I am certain the home will have a profoundly positive impact as we help more people be supported in a homely setting that they can make their own.

“The whole team wants to create a warm and vibrant community where individuals can thrive, families can find support, and where compassionate care is at the forefront of everything we do. We’re still looking for some people to join the Fernwood family who reflect our values and want to be a part of making our residents’ lives better.”