Minibus gives elderly Sheffield folk new lease of life

Broomgrove Home's new minibus which allows them to give greater freedom to the residents

Broomgrove Home's new minibus which allows them to give greater freedom to the residents

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ALL aboard.

Pensioner Jim McGowan, aged 72, has become the first resident to board Broomgrove Nursing Home’s brand new minibus.

The vehicle – which can transport up to seven people at a time – has been specially adapted to cater for the differing needs of residents.

A £113,000 grant windfall, which also funded the refurbishment of public areas within the home, paid for the minibus.

Broomgrove Nursing Home, situated off Ecclesall Road, landed £93,000 from the Department Of Health Social Enterprise Investment Fund and another £20,000 from the HS Fisher Trust earlier this year.

Broomgrove is the city’s only care home with charitable status.

Manager Jill Wall said: “Delivery of our own specially adapted minibus is already making a huge difference to the quality of life of residents.

“We can now take them on far more trips and widen our daycare service that was launched earlier in the year.

“One of the main aims of our five-year development plan launched in 2007 was to make Broomgrove the home of choice for Sheffield and the surrounding region.

“Investment priority had always been given to individual patient care and living quarters but our success with the recent grants has allowed us to upgrade public areas and get our own minibus far earlier and quicker than ever envisaged which is fantastic news.”