Starting in 1981 with one of the first purpose-built care homes in Hampshire/South of England, Forest Care has flourished into a large family company successfully caring for our communities in Hampshire and Surrey. Over their 40 years, Forest Care has opened 4 care homes and is about to welcome their 5th.
Frank Fogarty Senior founded Forest Care Ltd and began its caring journey with a homely 48-bed care home in Farnborough, welcoming Mr and Mrs Tocock as his first residents. Originally naming the company M.P.F Ltd, after his three children, Michael, Philomena and Frank Jnr, the family have evolved the company together.
As a group, Forest Care prides itself on caring for the elderly with dignity and respect guiding everything they do. One particular resident inspired the ethos of Forest Care when she said to Frank Fogarty senior:
"Do you see an old lady, or do you see me?"
Celebrating every resident’s achievements, hobbies, their families and what makes them individual is very important to every employee at Forest Care. That is why the company stands out as an authentic person-centered care provider and how they have successfully cared for 40 years, becoming a multi-award winning and widely recommended by residents and their loved ones.
Each of the Forest Care homes are individually distinctive. They are all multi-award-winning and have earned the trust of the local communities to provide care for their loved ones.
Frank Senior quickly realised that his approach to providing person-centered care in luxury surroundings was a desirable care package for the aging community. He then purchased land to design and erect a 60-bed purpose-built care home in Frimley Green, named Cedar Lodge, in 1989.
Framed by a forest, every resident continues to enjoy woodland views from their luxury bedrooms equipped with deluxe furnishings. However, it’s the person-centered approach to holistic care that makes Cedar Lodge such a prestigious setting. Delivering five-star hospitality led by resident’s choice, Cedar Lodge has continued to be the epitome of a "home" for the last 32 years.
Expanding the group further, the family purchased Oakley Hall in Basingstoke in 1993. Transforming the former Hilsea College into Oak Lodge care home, Frank Senior created a luxury care home set within 315 acres of Hampshire country estate.
Recognising the benefits of purpose-built care homes, in 2013, Oak Lodge and all their residents re-located into their new premises within the Oakley Hall estate. Purpose-built on the foundations of a former country farm complex, this quintessentially British care home combines state-of-the-art facilities with a homely atmosphere and family approach to "outstanding" care.
The first Forest Care home and original "Holly Lodge" was sold in 1999, with the plan to relaunch a purpose-built Holly Lodge.
In 2005, Frank Fogarty Jnr stepped into the role as proprietor of Forest Care with the ambition to continue his father’s legacy. In 2008, this was realised with the reopening of Holly Lodge.
Neighboring its sister home, Cedar Lodge in Frimley Green, Holly Lodge is a purpose-built, award-winning, specialist dementia care home, innovatively designed to cultivate both calming and stimulating environments for the elderly in an idyllic woodland setting.
Rowan Lodge, the youngest home in the group, celebrates its 10th anniversary in September 2021. Located in Newnham, a typically British village in Hampshire, this innovative care home continues to provide person-centered care for each of their residents.
Entering their 5th decade, Forest Care is excited to announce that they are opening a 5th care home in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. Elm Lodge will open its doors in 2023, offering luxury residential care to the community.
Residential care is aimed at providing companionship and giving people as much of their independence back as possible, with the added security of dedicated and trained staff being on hand to provide 24-hour support.
Forest Care remains a growing Fogarty family business and is proud to have reached their 40th anniversary in the social care sector. The company would like to thank their local communities for trusting them to care for their loved ones for four decades. And Forest Care is looking forward to being there for those in need of care and support for many more years to come.
Inspired by a holiday to Florida, Frank Senior bought a 7-bed retirement home.
Forest Care welcomed their first residents; Mr & Mrs Tocock and Mr Stroke to Holly Lodge in Farnham.
27th September, Frank Senior renamed the company M.P.F Limited after his three children; Mike, Philomena and Frank Jnr.
Construction of Cedar Lodge began and was Frank Jnr’s first project managing the construction of a purpose-built care home.
29th October, Cedar Lodge opened their doors.
Frank Senior bought Oakley Hall (formerly Hilsea College) and started to convert it into a care home.
7th January, Oak Lodge opened their doors to their 41-bed care home.
The original Holly Lodge was sold to new owners, now named "Lavender Lodge".
Cedar Lodge, Holly Lodge and Oak Lodge were amalgamated under the name "Forest Care Ltd".
Oakley Hall became a conference centre as well as a care home.
Construction of the new Holly Lodge began.
25th April. Holly Lodge was opened by Michael Gove.
5th September, Rowan Lodge opened by Mr Bell.
Oak Lodge care home moved to their new 60 bed purpose-built care home, and Frank Jnr set about transforming Oakley Hall into the 4-star elegant Hotel and Wedding venue that we know today.
As Forest Care celebrates their 40th anniversary and enters their 5th decade of caring, they start construction on their 5th Care Home, Elm Lodge (opening 2023).