Harrogate-based specialist dementia care provider Vida Healthcare has invested in its care delivery with the appointment of Gil Chimon.

Gil joins Vida Healthcare as the Home Manager of Vida Grange, based in Pannal, after being recruited over video conferencing due to COVID-19 restrictions. He brings over 25 years experience in the voluntary and community sectors with him. Working with the team at Vida Grange, Gil will be responsible for the continued safety and security of residents during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, maintenance of services and preservation of the homes’ Outstanding rating.

Over the past 25 years, Gil has worked with a range of organisations and held a number of high-profile roles including Group CEO at Hill Homes, Director North of England at Alzheimer’s Society, and a national leadership role at Relate. This significant experience will enable him to successfully fulfil his roles and responsibilities, and ensure the continued provision of expert care to people living with dementia.

Commenting on his role, Gil said: “I’m passionate about advocating high quality, needs led and person centred care, and my role at Vida Grange will enable me to deliver this to our residents.

“I’m honoured to be given the opportunity at a leading organisation like Vida Healthcare and to work with such a fantastic and dedicated team. Although times are turbulent, people seeking high quality support for their loved ones shouldn’t hesitate to look to care providers.”

James Rycroft, Managing Director at Vida Healthcare, added: “It’s people like Gil who enable us to protect society’s most vulnerable and offer them a high quality, and relatively independent life. Despite the barriers to recruitment and success presented by COVID-19 we are continuing to invest in our residents and staff, and technology like video conferencing has enabled us to do this.

“Although we are already successfully tackling the challenges of the pandemic, Gil’s appointment will give us an even greater ability to navigate our way through this unprecedented situation. I’m looking forward to working with Gil and seeing how his expertise strengthens our already outstanding care delivery.”