"Henleigh Hall is a very special place full of very special people and I will miss them all dearly.”
Lindsey Deignan, Home Manager, is retiring after 28 years of caring for residents and her team at Henleigh Hall Care Home near Sheffield.
The home opened in June 1995 and Lindsey was there to welcome the first ever residents to move in, with her warmth, compassion and commitment to providing outstanding care.
Lindsey qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 after attending the Sheffield School of Nursing. She worked on the stroke unit at Nether Edge Hospital until it closed in 1995 and then decided to help commission Henleigh Hall, becoming the Home Manager in 1998.
Over the years, Lindsey has overseen many memorable occasions at Henleigh Hall with the team putting on a wonderful array of events and activities for residents. From walking the red-carpet at the home’s annual Oscars bash to taking part in Henleigh’s Circus Spectacular and not forgetting the home’s Community Summer Festival in 2019. Rivalling Glastonbury for the hottest ticket in town, Lindsey even featured on Radio 2’s Sara Cox show telling listeners all about the residents and team members who were performing on Henleigh’s very own Pyramid Stage!
In more recent times, Lindsey steered her Henleigh family through the COVID pandemic, ensuring residents stayed connected with their loved ones and team members were given the support they needed to keep everyone safe and reassured. Lindsey said: “We all pulled together and looked after each other because that’s what families do. I’ll never forget the wonderful day in March 2021 when we were allowed to have family members visiting in person again. Our home was filled with happy tears and the joy we all felt that day will stay with me forever.”
We asked Lindsey what she has loved most about her time at Henleigh Hall and she said: “The people. I’ve been honoured to meet so many interesting, inspiring and strong people throughout the years and it’s been my absolute pleasure to spend time with them. Henleigh Hall is a very special place full of very special people, both those living and working here and I will miss them all dearly.”
Resident, Mick, said: “Lindsey, I’m so happy for you to be reaching your retirement. The best day of my life was when I had the Skype call with you and you told me you had a room ready for me and that I could come to England (I was living in America at the time and very far away from all of my family). Henleigh Hall is a great place to live and I thank you for making it possible for me.”
Jacqui Ritchie, Chief Operating Officer at Four Seasons Health Care Group, said: “A huge thank you to Lindsey for everything she’s done for her residents, their families and her team over the last 28 years. She will be missed very much by all of us; her energy, enthusiasm, compassion and commitment to providing wonderful care is truly inspirational. On behalf of everyone at Four Seasons Health Care Group, we wish you a thoroughly well-deserved and happy retirement.”
Lindsey will be handing over the reins to current Deputy Manager, Kelly, who has worked at Henleigh Hall for over 10 years. Kelly will be assisted by Care Home Assistant Practitioner, Marie, who has worked at the home for over 13 years and becomes Deputy Manager.
Go well Lindsey, your Henleigh Hall family have loved every single moment making wonderful memories with you x