• Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024

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Orchard Care Homes supports staff through Cost of Living crisis

Orchard Care Homes, a leading care provider for the elderly, has launched an App to help staff through the cost of living crisis.

‘My Orchard’  is an app featuring a full spectrum of wellbeing and mental health support, as well as exclusive discounts on travel, food and drink, health and fitness, shopping, leisure, and entertainment.

With people at the heart of its homes, Orchard has recently launched its brand new employee benefits scheme to acknowledge the dedication and passion of its 1000+ staff in delivering a people-focused service to every resident throughout its 23 homes in the North of England and the Midlands.

Hayden Knight, CEO at Orchard, is delighted to be able to support his staff throughout this tough time, saying  “The cost of living crisis is particularly hard on people dedicated to caring for others and this is just one of the ways we are regularly supporting our staff, who can seek health and wellbeing support and take advantage of the thousands of discounts available. We are proud of the steps taken so far and look forward to sharing even more employee benefits soon.”

The recent unveiling showcased rewards and offers on thousands of big name brands including Asda, Argos, TK Max and Apple and can be used across a variety of saving solutions. The new Vectis card offers in-store savings via a digital or physical Vectis card in addition to a wide range of on-line gift cards across a myriad of well-known retail outlets.

The ‘My Orchard’ app also hosts to a variety of useful resources including tips on healthy living, voluntary healthcare cash plans, sick pay insurance, cancer payment cover and more!


In addition to the rewards scheme, Orchard Care Homes has also developed its wellbeing support services by including a 24/7 confidential support line with qualified specialists and councillors for employees struggling with stress, anxiety or legal and financial issues. The health and safety of its residents and staff is of the utmost importance to Orchard Care Homes and all existing staff have access to the benefits, as well as new staff, from their very first day of employment.


Quality of care and invigorating best practice is at the forefront of Orchard Care Homes’ strategy. The group’s impressive record demonstrates the highest quality of care it provides its residents, with 91% of its homes now rated ‘Good’.