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Kevin Hollinrake MP visited Deansfield Court in Norton, North Yorkshire earlier today to witness the good work done by care staff at the extra care housing scheme.

Deansfield Court is a purpose built 50 home extra care scheme, suitable for people with support and care needs. Residents each have their own self-contained flat and benefit from 24-hour staff care. Other facilities include a computer room, dining room, activities room, a library and a hairdressing salon. There’s also a garden which residents are encouraged to help maintain.

Local Norton resident Patricia Pitcher, whose mother was cared for in the scheme from 2012 until 2017, suggested Mr Hollinrake should visit Deansfield Court in a letter praising the staff and the scheme. Patricia’s mother moved to Norton from Hemel Hempstead to be closer to her family. She sadly passed away after five happy years at Deansfield Court on 17 December 2017.

Patricia said: “My mother had four visits a day from carers. They always chatted to her like family and treated her with such respect and kindness. They always helped her to do as much as she could for herself.

“I felt I had to contact Mr Hollinrake; the care at Deansfield Court is truly fantastic. There’s so much negativity surrounding the care and the health service now, it’s important for success stories to be heard.”

After taking a tour of the building and grounds, Mr Hollinrake said: “Thank you to all the staff and residents here at Deansfield Court for having us and to North Yorkshire Council and Yorkshire Housing for joining me on this visit. We talk about social care and housing a lot in Westminster and sometimes it can be hard to keep focused on what really matters, the people. Coming here and seeing all the good work being done is fantastic.”