Our Services

At Vida Healthcare, we offer residential and nursing care, as well as day care and respite services. We are registered with the CQC as a specialist dementia care home, which means all of our residents and service users have a formal dementia diagnosis. We can support people living with a range of conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies. We are also one of the few homes in the region to offer care for early onset or younger persons with dementia, and people living with more advanced dementia.

There are many types of dementia and people's symptoms may change over time. Both of our homes are divided into smaller houses, designed to cater for a range of care needs.

Our History

Vida Healthcare was established to transform the care available to people living with dementia. We set about to challenge perceptions and practices in dementia care, with a focus on championing the use of bespoke environments and alternative therapies to improve wellbeing and quality of life. More than three years of research went into the planning of our first home - Vida Hall in Starbeck. Working with leading consultants, we developed an innovative, state-of-the-art home along with pioneering dementia care plans and staff training programmes to set new standards of care.

In 2015, Vida Hall was awarded a rating of ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission – the highest rating ever given to a specialist dementia facility at the time. We were also the first care home in the northern region to have achieved this level under the new, more rigorous CQC inspection criteria. Vida Healthcare’s second care home, Vida Grange, opened in December 2016. Following the same design principals and philosophy of care, Vida Grange offers the same high quality care, state-of-the-facilities and home comforts as Vida Hall.

Our Ethos

Respect, dignity, fairness and equality are the core values that underpin everything we do at Vida Healthcare.
We're committed to delivering the highest quality, person-centred care.


Read our Ethos of Care here

Meet the Team

Chris Rycroft


Chris Rycroft is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. In 2010, along with son James, he created Vida Healthcare with a view to developing a pioneering care home for people living with dementia, after recognising that the care sector wasn’t meeting the increasing demand for specialist dementia facilities.

James Rycroft

Managing Director

James is responsible for overseeing the design and development of Vida Healthcare's homes. He feels privileged to be able to influence the delivery of dementia care in the UK. Working closely with Bernadette and the healthcare team, James facilitates the delivery of outstanding care for all residents as well as planning future projects and developments for Vida Healthcare.

Bernadette Mossman

Healthcare Director

Bernadette is an experienced healthcare professional who started her career as a community psychiatric nurse in Glasgow. She boasts more than 25 years' experience in both public and private sector roles. Prior to joining Vida in October 2011, she worked as a regional manager for a large care provider where she was responsible for managing ten homes comprising of 450 personnel and 300 beds.

Jill Young

Operations Director

With more than ten years experience in the care industry, Jill is responsible for day-to-day operations at Vida Healthcare. Overseeing all aspects of hotel services and facilities management, this allows our Healthcare Director, Bernadette, to concentrate solely on healthcare and the continued delivery of a best practice working environment, knowing that the operational side is in good hands.


“The thing that really defines Vida Grange and Vida Hall is the passion for care exhibited by the people that work here. The staff are driven by values and really understand that it’s about giving people the best life possible. The residents and their families are at the centre of everything that’s done here – it’s quite remarkable and it’s fantastic. It’s something you can all be proud of.”
Professor Martin Green OBE
Chief Executive, Care England

“At the CQC we have been criticised that we have not rated enough homes as outstanding. From visiting Vida Hall, I can definitely say that there is a clear difference between your service and others I have visited. A short visit cannot really do you justice but perhaps the most telling thing was the atmosphere; calm, with enough staff not to be hurried and such a clear focus on the people living at Vida Hall and their families. It was a real privilege to spend time with you.”
Andrea Sutcliffe
Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission

“Thanks to the vision and leadership of the senior staff, the care that we received was exemplary. What is clear is that everyone is part of the Vida team – the reception staff, laundry and kitchen staff, housekeepers and handyman, activity people, carers and nurses – and all are so cheerful, kind and respectful to the residents. What you have achieved is remarkable. Everyone deserves the kind of care that I wanted for my Mum.”
Sandra Sweeney
Family member

“Utterly amazing, unbelievable. A “Can do, will do” attitude. The difference in my mother since moving to Vida is incomparable. My mum is walking again, is properly cared for and looks gorgeous the whole time. She’s basically back to being mum. I love the characters, it’s a really lively, fun place. You should be very proud of what you’ve got here. .”
Mrs Penny Duke
Family member