Three residents have officially opened their new home, Bupa’s Heol Don Residential and Nursing Centre in Whitchurch, Cardiff.
Joyce Mitchell, 88, Eileen Jones, 86, and Valerie Evans, 84, cut the ribbon alongside Janice Evans, the home manager and Andrew Cannon, managing director for Bupa Care Services to open the home during a celebration on Thursday.
Guests celebrated the opening of Heol Don with guided tours, delicious food created by Heol Don’s own head chef and musical entertainment.
The official opening was also marked with the help of pupils from Whitchurch High School who took time out of their summer holidays to celebrate the occasion.
Pupils from the High School and Whitchurch Primary School took part in a competition to create artwork for the home and name some of the home’s communal areas. Successful entries include the cinema room named the ‘Picture House’ and the family room, named ‘Cwtch’, Welsh for ‘cuddle’ and ‘safe place’.
Janice Evans, Home Manager at Bupa’s Heol Don Residential and Nursing Centre said:
“It’s really exciting to be opening the home and welcoming our first residents.
“I look forward to the months and years ahead as we welcome many more wonderful people here.”
Chris Scanlon, the sister of new resident, Valerie Evans commented:
“When my sister moved to Heol Don I new she would be in safe hands.
“We were given a fantastic welcome by everyone and this has put Valerie completely at ease. It’s made the whole experience much easier.”
The new 78-bed care home offers residential and nursing care, as well as catering for people living with dementia. Bupa made an £8.5 million investment into building the home which features state-of-the-art facilities include a cinema, hair salon, activity suite and children’s play area, as well as sensory gardens for residents to enjoy.
The home expects to create up to 100 jobs once the home is fully occupied.
Andrew Cannon, managing director for Bupa Care Services who attended the official opening said:
“It’s been wonderful to be here today to open Heol Don and meet some of our new residents.
“We are excited to be opening our new home in Cardiff which will help provide residential, nursing and dementia care for people in the surrounding area.”