Audley Court team celebrates 20 years

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A team which has pioneered assisted living schemes in the UK, has just celebrated their 20th anniversary of working together. In 1982 Kent businessmen Nick Sanderson and his colleagues Dr Andrew McDonald and Bill Esplen were looking for someone to manage the country¹s first private, purpose built nursing centre for elderly people. Barbara Hobbs, then a senior sister in a hospital ICU/recovery unit, jumped at the opportunity to join the Beaumont Healthcare company. Mr Sanderson said that, within a year, the team recognised that what older people really wanted was to be able continue to live at home but, somehow, have additional care and support when they needed it. “In 1985 we launched the UK¹s first close care centre, offering independent accommodation for elderly people next to our nursing centres,” Mr Sanderson said. “Such was the success of the scheme that over the next eight years we developed 17 centres around the country. In 1989, Beaumont Healthcare was bought by PPP.” The team then went on to launch

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