Our specialist care home Bennett Court in Pontefract is officially open

28 March 2022

Bennett Court care home in Pontefract

Last Tuesday, the Mayor of Wakefield, Councillor Tracey Austin, officially opened our newest specialist care home, Bennett Court, in South Elmsall, Pontefract.

Bennett Court, based on Ash Grove in South Elmsall, is our first complex needs care home in Pontefract.

The new home is a specialist nursing home which supports adults living with complex mental health needs and neurological conditions such as Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease.

The Mayor of Wakefield was invited to cut the ribbon and unveil a plaque, to mark the official opening of the home. She was joined by Bennett Court’s commissioning home director, Helen Lawson, senior Exemplar Health Care executives, team members and local commissioners.

“I love how the features of the home encourage independent living"

Councillor Tracey Austin, the Mayor of Wakefield, said: “The team here at Bennett Court are doing an amazing job and it’s great to see so many locals working and supporting the care home ahead of the opening. I was delighted to be offered a tour of the home and have the opportunity to see first-hand that the residents were receiving such fantastic care.

“I love how the features of the home encourage independent living and I am amazed by how spacious the rooms are – with a lovely view I might add. This home is great for the area and great for the local people.”


Helen Lawson, commissioning home director at Bennett Court, said: “We are delighted to have received a warm welcome from the Mayor, Tracey Austin, and to have officially opened the home.

“This home will provide person-centred nursing care for up to 30 people in the Pontefract area. We have a trained in-house team of health care assistants, nurses and therapists who will support people to maximise their independence and live their best lives here at Bennett Court.”

About Bennett Court

Bennett Court has a dedicated and trained team of registered nurses, health care assistants, life skills co-ordinators and therapists, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists. 

The home has 30 large bedrooms, each with an en-suite, across three ten-bed units. All three units have the provision for bariatric care. 

This small group living provides a homely and supportive environment, which is more responsive to people’s needs. Being on the ground floor and with garden access rooms, Lily Unit is ideal for those living with neuro-disabilities.  

Daisy Unit has two dedicated bariatric beds and supports adults living with complex health needs and mixed diagnoses. 

And the home’s Poppy Unit supports adults living with complex health needs and mixed diagnoses, including neuro-disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities and those who have tracheostomies, ventilators and PEG feeds. 

Make a referral 

We have over 35 homes across Yorkshire, the Midlands, North East and North West that provide a welcoming and supportive environment where people can feel at home, continue to do the things that they enjoy and remain closer to family, friends and loved ones.

If you want to speak to someone about making a referral to one of our homes, please contact our Referrals Team on 01709 565777 or email referrals@exemplarhc.com.

Careers at Bennett Court

We’re currently recruiting for a range of roles including, Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. 

To apply for a role, or to find out more about Bennett Court, visit here