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Royal Opening for Gloucestershire Care Home

PUBLISHED: 11:05 20 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

Royal Opening for Gloucestershire Care Home

Royal Opening for Gloucestershire Care Home

HRH Princess Michael of Kent officially opened Jubilee Lodge Care Centre, the new state of the art care home in Bourton-on-the-Water, on Wednesday, July 11.

Royal Opening for Gloucestershire Care Home

HRH Princess Michael of Kent officially opened Jubilee Lodge Care Centre, the new state of the art care home in Bourton-on-the-Water, on Wednesday, July 11.

The home is operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and bpha (Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association), which together form the Gloucestershire Care Partnership.

More than 90guests attended the opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of the 18 monthproject, including residents, staff, local dignitaries and executives fromOSJCT, bpha and the county council.

Jubilee Lodge will provide high quality accommodation for 74 residents, and offers a range of dedicated specialist care services which include nursing, dementia and intermediate care. Each residents bedroom is complete with full en-suite shower facilities and the home will also feature a shop and hair salon which all residents will be able to use, along with a variety of communal and social space complimented by easily accessible, landscapedgardens.

Within the 20-bed dementia household there is a calm, supportive environment providing residents with the opportunity for meaningful daily occupation in their lounges, dining room and kitchen. It also features a sensory room with a range of equipment including fibre optic lights, lava lamps and large soft furnishings. This is an area where residents can relax and unwind in a calming, therapeutic environment which is beneficial to general wellbeing.

The intermediate care unit provides 14 beds for individuals who require short term care after being discharged from hospital. This specialist unit also includes an assistive kitchen to help people with rehabilitation, regaining or learning new skills and to encourage independent living following illness or injury. Individuals referred to this unit will also benefit from the services of the multidisciplinary team including physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Jubilee Lodge is the third newcare facility to be opened in Gloucestershireas part of a long term redevelopment programme of care facilities by the Gloucestershire CarePartnership (GCP). It has been built by the Leadbitter Group, who also worked with the GCP on the development of Millbrook Lodge in Brockworth.

All existing residents of Ashton House in Stow-on-the-Wold and Salmonsbury House in Bourton-on-the-Water have been offered a place in the new home.

The home was originally due to open in April, but was delayed due to the failure of a mains water valve in March, which caused significant flood damage.

Dan Hayes, Operations Director for The Orders of St John Care Trust, said: We were very disappointed with the delay to the home opening, however we are delighted at how fast the construction company, Leadbitters, worked to rectify the situation.

We would also like to thank the staff from both Ashton House and Salmonsbury House who continue to operate in those homes during the disruption. Everyone is looking forward to moving into their new home.

Mark Walkingshaw, Commissioning Director at NHS Gloucestershire,commented: We are really pleased with the quality of the new intermediate care unit and are confident that it will provide truly excellent care. Together with the investment in theGeorge Moore Community Outpatient Clinic,it will make a real difference to health services in Bourton.

Dr Caroline Bennett, local GP, said: This intermediate care unit will enable a range of healthcare professionals, including GPs, physios, nurses and occupational therapists to provide intensive input to patients as part of a team. This kind of concentrated, short-term rehabilitation will maximise the outcome for patients, and help them regain independence.

For more information please contact Amanda Burrell on 01522 810524.

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