Ashley Gardens_Violets Bakery staff and residents

Care home provider Healthcare Homes has opened a range of dementia facilities at its Ashley Gardens Care Centre in Maidstone.

The additions to the home, which supports up to 89 residents, include ‘Violets Bakery’ and a gentlemen’s lounge and library, which features a variety of board games and a giant Scrabble board.

Home Manager, Jo Mazza, said: “These additions to the home have been really well received and seem to be making a positive difference to our residents and their visitors.

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“We base everything at Ashley Gardens around the needs of our residents, so we continually ask for feedback from them or their loved ones, about what would make their lives even better, or would provide happiness and stimulation.”

Violets Bakery has been designed as a patisserie and supermarket for residents and their relatives to enjoy. Residents are able to shop for items, including toiletries, cards, sweets, drinks and magazines.

The Bakery overlooks the garden, with double doors opening to allow the residents to enjoy the outside space.  It also has a juke box so that residents can choose their favourite music from yesteryear.

Upstairs, residents now have use of a library and gentlemen’s lounge, which have been created following feedback on what people would most like to see introduced.

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