About us​

History of Hillcroft

Hillcroft welcomed their first resident to their purpose-built Carnforth home back in 1991, after John Ayrton, along with his construction business partners Brian and David Pinington, purchased the development site in in 1989.

Over the following 20 years the partners, now retired from the construction industry, increased their portfolio, building and/or refurbishing a further five homes with each specialising in unique care needs including dementia, behavioural support, elderly care, and end of life.

John still leads the business today and he reflects “We had intentions of building a nursing home and selling it on, but we soon became passionate about providing care for the local community and from then on we’ve never looked back. I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved over the years, there’s a real sense of teamwork and respect running through our homes, which are full of life and spirit.”


Our homes are a safe place to be. Care and a sense of belonging is a paramount concern for the wellbeing of staff and residents. At the heart of care are our people, not processes.

‘Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around’

– Leo Buscaglia


We show consideration for one another and encourage courteous interactions. We have respect for the importance of an individual life and treat those we encounter with compassion and dignity.

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

– Mayu Angelou


Individual commitment and attitude shape our dedication to provide a safe home from home for all of our residents.

‘The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour’

– Vincent ‘Vince’ Lombardi

Our principles

Founded on the principles of creating a caring, happy, ‘right’ environment that can make a real difference and that our residents really can call home.

Hillcroft Nursing Homes have been established for over 30 years and are still today owned and operated as a family business; following a set of values we live by.

we are here to help

Offering a wide variety of different care options, Hillcroft care home managers meet with our new residents and their families to discuss ongoing care and fully support you all during the transition period into one of our homes; we are here to help in any way we can.

“It’s like a home from home”

One of the most important features of our homes is the activities our residents engage in; taking a holistic approach to activities our residents undertake, based around their individual care plans and their own personal likes and dislikes,  giving them the choice and independence to decide how they wish to spend their time.

“The apple crumble here is as good as mine”

The cornerstone of any home is home cooked, nutritious food and at each Hillcroft Nursing Home we have a range of delicious meals cooked fresh daily by our dedicated chefs to ensure that the dining experience is no different to a heart-warming home cooked meal.  All meals are cooked on site with locally sourced ingredients to the individual dietary requirements of all our residents. We specialise in ‘proper food’, well balanced and made by professionals, to ensure our residents are getting all the goodness they need.

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