Dearnevale Care Home, Grimethorpe, Barnsley

Address Elizabeth Street
S72 7HZ
Telephone 01226 719000
Services Neuro-disability, Brain injury & stroke, Mental ill-health, OneCare service

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Welcome to Dearnevale

At Dearnevale specialist nursing home in Grimethorpe, Barnsley, we build our care plans with people, supporting, nurturing and encouraging them to live happy, fulfilled lives. Rated Outstanding by the CQC in 2018, the home provides award-winning care for people living with neuro-disabilities, mental ill-health, stroke and brain injuries.


Our home

Service users at Dearnevale live in one of four units, each with 10 beds - Greenside, Ladywood, Darbyshire and Fuller. Each unit has a dining room, nurses station and lounge. Bedrooms are  decorated to suit personal tastes, equipped with TV points and an accessible ensuite wet room.

At Dearnevale, we understand the importance of good, nutritious food. Our restaurant style dining menu is developed with service users to ensure a varied and interesting menu is available to everyone, taking into account personal preferences, condition-specific and religious dietary requirements.


OneCare reablement pathway at Dearnevale

Exemplar’s OneCare reablement pathways allow people to live with independence in community homes. With care, nursing and support options developed around individual needs, OneCare pathways are fully bespoke and person-centred homes for those looking to live more independently through rehabilitation and enabling activities. Supported by specialist nurses and life-skills teams, service users can further progress their journey to independence before returning to life within the community.

Dearnevale’s two OneCare services are easily accessible from the main home - just a short walk across the road. The first service is made up of two one-bedroom flats, and the second is a two-bedroomed house with communal living areas.

Shared living areas allow service users to interact with one another, and their guests, whilst also developing their independence, in a home from home environment.

Dearnevale encourages service users to work towards achieving their personal goals, and further develop their independence and life skills. Service users can move into the OneCare service when they are ready – whilst still having the support of the main home as and when they require.

The OneCare service at Dearnevale provides care and support to individuals living with mental ill-health, brain injuries, Huntington’s disease and other complex challenging behaviours. 

Case study

When Peter first came to Dearnevale, he required 1:1 support, presented complex behaviours and used a wheelchair. Feeling angry and scared, Peter’s behaviour often became challenging, causing tension and upset for both Peter and those around him.

With patient care, Peter began to understand why he needed to learn to manage his behaviour. He worked with the care team and made a conscious effort to interact with those around him.  Not long after moving into the home, Peter began working with the physiotherapist, began using an exercise bike and lost weight. After a few months, Peter could walk unassisted.

As Peter achieved his personal goals, his confidence and independence began to increase. Together with the care team, Peter decided to move into the OneCare service. “Since being in my own flat, I have learnt how to cook, how to keep the place clean and tidy on my own, and enjoy playing my video games, or being in the garden. I also have a job at the local leisure centre!” – says Peter.

Peter’s next goal is to live completely independently. By living in the OneCare service, he is one step closer to his dreams and has the full support of Dearnevale to ensure he reaches his goal.

"The OneCare service offers a pathway for our service users, promoting independence and offering support to transition to independent living. We hope to enable our service users to integrate back into the community.” Home manager, Helen McGowan

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Life at Dearnevale

Social activities, leisure interests and hobbies are all part of a healthy, balanced life. The Dearnevale team support service users to make choices about how they live their lives, their hobbies and interests and where appropriate, access to education and volunteering.

Outings, include day trips to The Deep and Butterfly World, as well as involvement in community events and lunches. Service users are also supported to go on holidays to Center Parcs or to the coast at Bempton. Wherever service users would like to travel to, an accessible minibus means transport is always available to take them. Service user forums, held every eight weeks, allow future activities to be decided.

A full-time neuro-physiotherapist and therapy assistant work in the therapy room, equipped with a neuro-plinth and tilt table, bike, walking frames and ceiling hoists. A therapy kitchen allows service users to develop their life skills, including budgeting for, preparing and cooking a meal.


Family, friends and visitors

Our open door policy means friends and family are welcome to visit at any time and be involved in care planning and reviews. We encourage everyone to be involved in giving those we look after the best possible quality of life. A dedicated room with a sofa bed is available for visitors.

“When visiting my friend I have always found a really friendly and welcoming greeting from staff members. Everywhere is really clean and fresh smelling. I can’t speak for other patients/residents but my friend is always so well cared for – apart from medical attention – which I am not qualified to judge – her hair, nails, clothes and bedding are as one would hope and expect. Her room is bright, clean and homely. We always leave feeling grateful that my friend is at Dearnevale.” Relative, via

“My husband has been a resident at Dearnevale for six years now and I am extremely happy with his care. The staff are wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble for them. We are always made to feel welcome and I go at least 4 times a week. I think the Manager is fantastic. She has helped me a lot during difficult times over the years. Overall I think Dearnevale is a very warm welcoming home.” Relative, via

“My son has been in Dearnevale since September 2016. This was our second residential home as we had experienced problems at the previous one. The staff here are genuine, caring people and are always available to answer my questions. My son has very  complex needs and I am satisfied that his needs are being met here. I can now sleep at night and not worry about him. I can visit him at any time day or night.” Relative, via

“Dearnevale is one of the very best homes of its type I have seen. The Dearnevale team and manager always go the extra mile to ensure clients have the best quality of life possible.” Multi-disciplinary team

“Warm, friendly and caring staff. Very clean, excellent care and very family-like atmosphere. I wouldn’t want my brother to be cared for anywhere else, a fantastic place that deserves more recognition.” Relative, via

“The service provided at Dearnevale is exceptional. Mum’s quality of life has improved dramatically since she has lived there.” Relative, via

“OneCare services from Exemplar allow commissioners to fund a journey for service users – starting as a comprehensive service, and reducing over time without the need to move the service user to another provider. It provides a genuine opportunity for service users to develop” NHS Commissioner

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