Spalding Common sees opening of Fenchurch House Care Home
Parents, grandparents and great-grandparents living at a new Spalding care home will have plenty to tell their loved ones about its unique and tempting delights.
Fenchurch House Care Home, in Spalding Common, is ready to spoil residents with its own jazz-themed café, Mediterranean-feel dining suite, pub, entertainments room and market place.
The 60-bedroom care home, one of 33 in the country run by Peterborough-based Country Court, was officially opened on Friday by South Holland and the Deepings MP, Sir John Hayes, after a 15-month building project.
Home manager Suria Webb, part of the Country Court team for 22 years, said: "You couldn't get a more outstanding home that embraces the values of Country Court as a family.
"My focus as home manager is to ensure that the people who live here are treated as individuals and to provide them with the best personal care I can.
"Every time a new home is commissioned, we make things even better and in these difficult times when the elderly population are particularly vulnerable at home, Fenchurch House will offer its residents peace of mind."
In one sense, Fenchurch House represents life turning full circle as it stands on the site of what was Goodfellows Primary School where children were educated from 1872 until 2004.
But instead of classrooms, cloakrooms and a main hall for assemblies, residents and their families will find a reception, meeting area and corridor leading to the ground floor Gatsby Bistro Cafe.
Tea, coffee and cakes are available throughout the day before residents may choose to go their rooms, each one having en-suite, walk-in shower room, armchair, bedside table and lamp, overbed table and wireless call system to alert staff.
Suria said: "I've commissioned quite a few of Country Court's care homes and every one is slightly different, designed to suit the area they're in.
"A lot of relatives pick locations where they can visit loved ones as people may be concerned about how they are coping and would like them to have more support."
Each one of Fenchurch House's three floors has its own lounge and dining area where themed meals, such as Mother's Day, Chinese and curry nights take place.
There is also a Palm Suite, which families can hire for special occasions, with views onto the outdoor garden where residents and guests can see a six-foot high metal giraffe and leaping antelope sculptures.
On the first floor, The Mallard Tavern Inn pub overlooks the Spalding/Peterborough/Lincoln railway line and can cater for quizzes, games and fish and chip suppers.
The care home will also offer its guests movie nights inside its Entertainment Suite featuring a widescreen TV, cinema and sitting area.
For residents determined to look their best, the second floor has a Pamper Salon where a hair cut or styling can be booked, as well as nail treatment, massage and aromatherapy.
A number of rooms at Fenchurch House cater for specialist dementia care, although residents can access an activities room for arts and craft sessions, along with an interactive projector used for games and exercise opportunities.
The care home is completed with its own village shop, market place and library where friendships inside Fenchurch House can be formed and strengthened.
After cutting the ribbon to open Fenchurch House, Sir John said: "People in care homes deserve the best, people who have worked all their lives, bringing up families and serving the community.
"I hope that we can look forward to many years of people living very comfortably and very happily at Fenchurch House."