Care UK has opened the doors of its first care home in Dorset – Ferndown Manor.
Councillor Mike Parkes, Mayor of Ferndown, cut the ribbon and officially opened the home, with the help of first resident, Mrs June Judd.
Guests were treated to a special performance from the pupils’ choir of Ferndown First Primary School.
Mehdi Bedioui was on hand demonstrate the Tovertafel Magic Table, an interactive light game designed for people living with dementia, and Harry Worth, chairman of the Dementia Friendly Ferndown Steering Group, took part in planting herbs in the homes raised beds with visitors and residents. Harpist, Siona Stockel, was also in attendance to provide entertainment throughout the day.
Ferndown Manor home manager, Janet Lewis, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Ferndown to officially open the home and mark this important milestone.
“We would also like to thank the children from Ferndown First Primary School, Mehdi Bedioui, the Dementia Friendly Ferndown Steering Group, and Siona Stockel for helping to make this such a special day.
“The residents and their families are at the heart of everything we do, including the launch celebrations, and it was an enjoyable day for all. It was fantastic to welcome so many local people and special guests to Ferndown Manor. Our grand launch really was a day to remember.”
Able to accommodate up to 75 people, the home incorporates dementia-friendly design from lighting and colour schemes to signage and layout.
The home is divided into smaller communities, with each floor having its own dining room and lounge areas. There is also a coffee shop, hair salon, cinema and landscaped gardens.