Mayor of Petersfield, Cllr Lesley Farrow joined Home Manager Carol Taylor at Blenheim Court Care Home in Liss to celebrate the opening of the lower ground floor to residents, meet the team and catch up with many of the residents and their relatives, who joined them for a cheese and wine evening.
Members of the community also attended the ‘Community relationship building evening’ at Blenheim Court, including those from local businesses, groups, charities and church members, taking the opportunity to see for themselves what the luxurious modern purpose-built care home offers and learn first-hand how they can develop relationships further to benefit both residents and their own organisations.
Blenheim Court opened in March 2018 and provides luxurious interior designed accommodation for up to 60 people specialising in the provision of nursing, residential and dementia care within its beautiful modern facilities.
Offering high quality care and surroundings the home has proved to be an extremely popular choice for those looking for a care home. Therefore, to increase capacity the home is now opening the lower ground floor which will be home to a further 21 residents, offering some direct access from their rooms to the outdoors along with children’s playroom and an additional lounge with access to the beautiful landscaped grounds.
Cllr Lesley Farrow toured the lower ground floor which has been designed to the highest specification and chatted with residents who enjoy uniquely tailored high-quality care in the idyllic and tranquil home. Safety and wellbeing are paramount and so many of the design features which include; a state-of-the-art nurse call system, specialist flooring and lighting to aide in the reduction of falls and the use of contrasting colours to assist those living with dementia to distinguish areas more easily, were highlighted during the guests’ tours.
Accompanying the Mayor of Petersfield was Town Council Office Administrator Kathryn Ellis-Blandford, who also runs the online group ‘Petersfield Pulse’ which has around 10k + members. The Mayor and Kathryn thoroughly enjoyed their visit, impressed with the friendly welcoming staff and stunning facilities. They commented that the homes’ lounges would be excellent venues for groups to host meetings and hope others will feel encouraged to visit Blenheim Court to see the facilities the home has to offer.
The feedback from the many guests has been hugely positive with Fiona and Duncan Petty of Brows Farm Gold Range, which Blenheim Court Care Home overlooks, offering, “Thank you all very much for your hospitality. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and thought that the ground floor was stunning!”
Carol Taylor, Home Manager of Blenheim Court Care Home has dedicated herself to caring for others since she was a schoolgirl in Canada back in 1974. She came to England to study as a Nurse and having worked in a variety of settings including Hospitals, GP Surgeries and more recently Care Homes, she began her first management role in 1996.
Hugely passionate and experienced Carol says that it’s the quality of care that always comes first. “Coming into a care home is the start of a new chapter in life. It is an opportunity to maintain independence and have new experiences, allowing families to be families again with us providing the care. I am passionate about developing and supporting a team who work well together creating a home where everyone feels part of a family. It is important to me and my team that high standards of care are delivered in a kind and caring manner, with laughter in the home offering a lovely atmosphere.”
Many of the residents had joined colleagues in decorating the home with additional festive features ready for last week’s event with one piece a stunning homemade wreath by Eileen catching everyone’s eye.
Testimony to the hard working and passionate team, Blenheim Court is rated highly by residents, relatives and the CQC. Reviews on the website carehome.co.uk about Blenheim Court include, “A warm welcome, superb service and care a truly delightful home.” CQC in its latest report describes the home as being well-led, stating that its leaders and the culture they create promotes high-quality, person-centred care.
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