Grand opening of Greenacre Park in Leicester

A ceremony has been held to mark the grand opening of a new nursing home in Leicester.

Greenacre Park has created 80 new jobs in Humberstone and offers exceptional nurse-led care to adults living with complex care needs.

Exemplar Health Care, one of the country’s leading nursing care providers for adults living with complex and high acuity needs, has marked the official opening of Greenacre Park, located on Elmdon Drive.

Cutting the ribbon was The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Dr Susan Barton, who expressed her gratitude to the home’s staff team for their dedication to residents.

The new home is the result of an extensive refurbishment and extension of the former building, an elderly care home called Foxton Grange which closed in February 2021.

When the extensive refurbishment work was undertaken during 2023, a time capsule linked to the old Foxton Grange care home was found. Dating back to December 1999, it contained memorabilia such as photos, newspapers, leaflets from the community, poems and cards.

As part of the official opening ceremony, staff at Greenacre Park planted a new time capsule in the home’s garden.

The construction group behind Greenacre Park, Deeley Group, were invited to add items into the capsule, including photographs taken during the refurbishment, site plans, brochures and a high-vis jacket. In a heart-warming moment, some of the individuals identified in the photos found in the original 1999 time capsule were also invited to participate in the new home’s opening ceremony.

Greenacre Park is Exemplar Health Care’s first home in Leicester and focuses on supporting adults living with complex mental health needs, neuro-disabilities including Huntington’s disease, and physical disabilities. The opening of the new home 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 more responsive to people’s needs.

Knighten Unit will support male adults living with complex mental health needs, whereas Watermead Unit will focus on supporting individuals with neuro-disabilities including Huntington’s disease and physical health needs.

Each community has a dining room, lounge, quiet lounge, and a sensory bathroom. In addition, the home also features communal dining and living spaces, a central activities hub, a therapy room, and a large accessible garden.

People living at Greenacre Park 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.

Katie Capes, Commissioning Manager for Exemplar Health Care, said: “We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of our state-of-the-art care home in Leicester following an extensive refurbishment of the building. This new home embodies our unwavering 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 local 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.”

Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “We are proud to have completed this extensive refurbishment project which will provide important support for people in Leicester living with complex needs.

“This is the second scheme we have completed in partnership with Exemplar Health Care and further emphasises our expertise in the healthcare sector, whether that is building a new home or refurbishing existing space.

“We look forward to working with Exemplar on further projects like Greenacre Park which will leave a lasting positive impact on the community.”  

Emma Daniels, Home Manager at Greenacre Park, said: “After months of planning, preparation, and team building, it is very exciting to finally open our doors and to get to work supporting people in Leicester and the wider Leicestershire community.

“The whole team wants to create a warm, inclusive, and vibrant community where individuals can thrive, families can find support, and where compassionate care is at the forefront of everything we do.

“Partnerships will be a core part of this, and in particular working closely with local health and social care professionals, our valued residents, their families, and the broader community. Our goal is to make sure people receive unparalleled care and have their complex needs met within the comfort of their own community.”

Dr Susan Barton, Lord Mayor of Leicester, said: “I am impressed in conversations with staff at all levels, who showed good knowledge of the care needs of residents. I also enjoyed meeting some of the residents.

“I wish the staff good luck with the future, and I’m happy to see how much the community has been involved with this launch. Anyone can make a building look nice, but it’s the people that make this home extra special.”