Friday, 14 December 2018

New care home to offer every comfort

A CARE home being built in the grounds of Townlands Hospital in Henley will be called the Chilterns Court Care Centre.

A CARE home being built in the grounds of Townlands Hospital in Henley will be called the Chilterns Court Care Centre.

The 64-bed home will be run by the Orders of St John Care Trust and offer residential and dementia care for patients.

The three-storey building will replace the trust’s Chilterns End care home, off Greys Road, and is scheduled to open in the spring.

The home is designed to have small “households”, each with its own living area including a lounge, sitting room, kitchen and dining room. All residents will have their own bedroom with en-suite bathroom facilities, Sky and digital TV, wi-fi and 24-hour nurse call facility.

There will be a central communal area with a café bistro, hair salon, shop and activities room and there will be a dedicated activities co-ordinator.

An external area will provide a safe and secure garden for residents and there are plans for a sensory garden with raised planters, vegetable patches and a water feature.

Patsy Just, the trust’s assistant operations director for Oxfordshire, said: “We are all very excited about our modern new care home in Henley.

“Our existing home, Chilterns End, has enjoyed a close relationship with the local community over many years and we’re looking forward to continuing that when we move into Chilterns Court later this year.

“We hope people will watch out for news of open days once construction is all finished and we’ll be seeking to recruit quality care staff too.

“If anyone would like to see the plans for Chilterns Court, they are welcome to view them by appointment with Vicki Morl, the home manager at Chilterns End.”

The home is currently being built as part of the £16 million “health campus” at the Townlands site off York Road.

Eight beds at the home will be for patients who would previously have been on Peppard ward in the old Townlands Hospital with up to six more available “on demand”. This is part of the new ambulatory care model agreed by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group after rejecting demands to have 18 beds in the new hospital as originally planned.

The foundation stone for the new home was laid in February last year.

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