Emmerdale star John Middleton has officially opened MHA’s Montpellier Manor care home in Middlesborough.
The service, which will provide residential and dementia care for people in Stainton and the surrounding area, is MHA’s 90th care home in England, Scotland and Wales, and comes during the operator’s 75th anniversary.
John said: “The important word here is ‘home’ and that’s the impression I get. It’s a home where people can live with dignity and a whole lot of happiness.
“I first came across MHA while I was doing research into dementia for the character I played in Emmerdale. Their very first care home that I visited was Glen Rosa in Ilkley and I was absolutely bowled over by the care and atmosphere of that place. Montpellier Manor is the same – it’s just newer. And I can’t wait to come back to visit soon.”
Situated on a greenfield site on the outskirts of Stainton, Montpellier Manor is surrounded by landscaped gardens and includes en-suite bedrooms, a café, spacious lounges, dining rooms and a hair and beauty salon.
Home manager, Gail Starling, who has 40 years of experience in the healthcare sector, said: “Today has been such a success – all of us here are so pleased that everyone has enjoyed the day so much!”
“I’m delighted with the feedback we’ve received from our residents already enjoying life at Montpellier and pleased guests could get a true feel today for how we run the home, our residents’ home.”