Derek decided it was time to house all of the Agincare divisions under one roof. He bought Castletown’s derelict naval bakery, refurbished it and moved the Agincare HQ there from Weymouth harbourside.
“As the company grows, it gives us the ability to recruit more professional and capable staff. It wasn’t until I was able to recruit people like Raina Summerson, who with all their ability and personal qualities and growth potential, that I was able to see as a vision the place where we are at today. I am incredibly proud of the senior management team here at Agincare, they are evolving the business and services that we provide – taking us to a level that 5 years ago I wouldn’t have dreamt of.”
The company’s future is bright. The Luckhurst’s aren’t planning on selling out. The organisation’s succession planning is based on Derek’s three sons spending time learning the business from the ground up, starting as care staff and in the customer service team.
Agincare has always been a company with family at its core, and through the most difficult of times, our bond has never been stronger. The Covid-19 pandemic challenged us all in ways we didn’t think possible, it was a very difficult year and one we will not forget. But 2020 did have it’s positive moments, we became the recipients of care in the community. The kindness and generosity from local business, community groups, voluntary organisations and neighbours was truly heartwarming.
▶️ At the end of 2020, we shared this festive video with our clients and their loved ones and our teams to remind them although 2020 was an incredibly challenging year, there were still beautiful moments.
It soon became apparent that care and support was needed in a less traditional sense. Meals on wheels delivered free hot meals to vulnerable members of the community. Food was delivered one, two or three times a day. Drivers were also trained care workers who provided a 15 minute free care check. Each year over 250,000 meals were delivered.
It soon became apparent that a new head office was required to support our live-in care teams. In 2005, Blandford in Dorset became HQ for live-in care.
A stone’s throw away from the beach, Pike House in Weymouth became HQ for the next 12 years. Pike House, holds sentimental meaning to the Luckhursts, watch the video above to find out more.
From the late noughties, the number of care & nursing homes began to grow. Take a look over the past three decades at how we’ve expanded to over 20 care homes, nursing homes and retirement villages providing our residents with the comfort, security and support that they need.
Agincare has always taken a proactive approach to training. Since 2017 our training arm, Training Now has been delivering practical social care, education and business apprenticeships to both Agincare care teams and learners from other organisations.
In 2010, Agincare Extra Care was created. Over the past 11 years, the service has grown and there are now care teams based at 17 extra care schemes across England.
Someone living at an extra care scheme owns, rents or part-rents their own purpose-built secure, self-contained home, helping them keep their independence.