11:57 Monday 21 October 2013

Refurbed nursing home to celebrate 25 years

Written byHELEN KREFT

A NURSING home near Burton which recently invested £1 million into its buildings is celebrating 25 years of providing care to the elderly later this month.

Hoar Cross, off Abbots Bromley Road, will mark the occasion with a special open day on October 31 for current workers, residents, former employees, GPs/support workers and the local community.

The event will give people the chance to the look around the home and meet staff, as well as taking part in activities and enjoying homemade coffee and cakes.

This big birthday also brings up another milestone for the organisation, with £1 million now spent on updating all the buildings, a six-bed luxury extension and landscaping of two-acre grounds to create a picturesque and tranquil environment.

There has also been significant investment in people, with a training programme that ensures all 60 members of staff receive continued professional development so they can deliver high quality care for the residents.

Kathy Cleaver, general manager, said: “The estate dates back all the way to 1793 and during its life has been a stately hall, a church and an orphanage for boys. It was first converted into a care home 25 years ago, with the current owners taking over in 2004.

“Since then we have not looked back and are proud of our reputation as one of the best care homes in the country and, more importantly, for creating a family environment that strives to give our residents their independence.

She encouraged people to take part in the celebrations: “Hoar Cross has always played a major role in the community and we want people to see how we operate as a care home.

“We’re keen to see former workers, family and friends of relatives and anyone who wants to see what we do.

“The cakes and refreshments are set to be made by catering manager Sharon Wright and Jenny Billings – the latter has been a cook here since 1988.”

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