HRH The Princess Royal has opened a £6.7m care centre provided by The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
The 64-bed Lakes Centre is divided into separate household units, each self-contained with its own communal dining and lounge areas with specialist assisted bathing facilities.
Dan Hayes, OSJCT’s Chief Executive, said: “As a Trust, OSJCT is committed to creating new care schemes and facilities to meet the current and future requirements for the care of older people, and the opening of The Lakes Care Centre is the latest achievement towards furthering that mission.
“We’re confident that The Lakes, with the specialist care it offers, will be a great asset to the Cirencester area. We also encourage those within the local community to get involved with the home by becoming volunteers and spending time with our wonderful residents.”
Themed ‘destination zones’ include a garden room, hair salon and a cinema, with the centre specially design to assist with residents’ orientation. The centre also includes a safe and secure garden for residents.
John Chapman, Area Operations Manager for The Lakes Care Centre, said: “We couldn’t have been more excited about having the Princess Royal visit us to officially open The Lakes. Our residents and employees were thrilled to welcome Her Royal Highness and were very keen to show off their new home.”
The Lakes Care Centre is the sixth new home developed by OSJCT in Gloucestershire with two further developments currently under construction in Thornbury (The Grace Care Centre) and Stow-on-the-Wold (Edwardstow Court).