Pinders’ award judges tour Horsell Lodge

Caring Homes were delighted to welcome the judging panel from the Pinders’ Healthcare Design Awards to Horsell Lodge, their brand-new state of the art nursing home in Woking.

Jon Chapman from Pinders, Keith Everitt of Tooley and Foster Architects and Julien Payne from Galleon Homes toured the home, which opened in November, and is one of three finalists in the Best New Care Home (higher budget) category for this year’s awards.

They spent a morning at Horsell Lodge, which will care for up to 70 residents, with the Caring Homes’ team Construction Manager Kevin Coleman, Interior Designer Jon Hooper, Architect John Bell, Senior Commissioning Manager Donna Boobyer and Home Manager Dacre Lassauniere looking at the features and the way the home is designed to ensure the best possible standard of living for residents.

A charitable donation of £500 was presented to Caring Homes from Pinders during the judging visit to mark the coveted place in the final and this will be given to the Care Workers Charity.

Horsell Lodge has been designed with the assurance of excellent care through high quality design. Safety and comfort are the foremost concern, so all rooms are fitted with a nurse call system and acoustic monitoring for peace of mind. As well as improving quality of sleep, acoustic monitoring can help to reduce the risk of falls.

The home, on the site of the former Horsell Lodge which closed in 2017, is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and mature trees with several rooms having access to the gardens from their private patio.

For those living with memory loss or dementia, design features include dementia-friendly elements such as interior decoration, light levels, floor coverings and signage which help to promote a sense of calm and wellbeing, while enabling people living with dementia to find their way around independently and safely.

Horsell Lodge is Caring Homes’ first home to include the new ‘Stable Door’ design, a feature which the judges were particularly interested in. The doors can benefit residents in four ways:

  • Choice – the doors give residents a degree of choice over their environment. They can have the security of a closed door or flexibility to achieve a middle ground with half open.
  • Recognition – with a larger than standard memory box and illumination on approach, it aids residents living with dementia to recognise their room.
  • Personal Space – with the option to close the lower leaf it gives residents a higher degree of control over their personal space, while still being able to engage with the people around them.
  • Security – the door is only accessible by the resident or a member of the care team, giving comfort to both residents and families.

Caring Homes Managing Director Tracey Fletcher-Ray said; “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award in the prestigious Pinders’ Healthcare Design Awards 2020 and were proud to show the judges around during their visit.

“At Caring Homes, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional care in the best possible surroundings with a focus on person centred care, clinical excellence and family values. To have one of our newest care homes recognised within the care industry in this way is fantastic.”

Horsell Lodge is one of the latest additions to the Caring Homes family, which now comprises of 64 homes nationally. The company celebrated 25 years in the care home industry in 2019 after starting out with just one care home in 1994.

The Pinders Healthcare Design Awards aim to promote and recognise the very best developments in all types of care-related property and to acknowledge the contribution made by home owners, designers and architects to the wellbeing and quality of life for those in their care. Whilst architectural standards and innovation are key factors, the overriding test for any project is the degree to which it has recognised the needs and desires of the residents and incorporated these into the final design. The winners will be announced in March.

Caring Homes Riverside Place in Ware won a Pinders’ Award in 2019 for Best New Care Home. Broadbridge Park, in Horsham, has also been shortlisted in 2020 as part of Chantry Court Care Village for Best Care Village 2020.

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