This month RMBI care home, James Terry Court in Croydon, celebrates a year since its dramatic development programme.
Officially opened on 24 July 2013, the fully refurbished, state-of-the-art care home now consists of east and west wings, including dedicated rooms for residential, nursing and specialist dementia care. James Terry Court was built to exceed latest government guidelines and legislation on size, accessibility and facilities, and now includes a sensory rooftop garden to be enjoyed by all residents and to aid dementia care.
Over the past year, the RMBI has continued to add to the Home’s updated facilities, and has been recognised for the spacious and attractive ‘old meets new’ development in the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards. Nominated as a finalist in the ‘Best Care Complex’ category, the Home was praised for its integration of state-of-the-art care facilities whilst retaining the building’s original period features.
One part of the on-going development programme is ‘The Friendly Store’; an olde-worlde sweet shop and village store. The store encourages residents to reminisce about their past whilst interacting with traditional products, gaining a sense of independence within the safety of the care environment.
Diane Collins, Home Manager at James Terry Court, said: “Our new facilities have had an enormous impact on both the residents and staff within the Home. The three-year refurbishment project has resulted in a much more interactive space for our residents, where they have opportunities to lead a more independent lifestyle.
“Over the course of the past year we have seen the facilities of the Home make such a huge difference to the lives of both residents and staff, and we are delighted with the response we have had from the public and industry bodies so far.”
Pat Burchell, Resident at James Terry Court, said: “It was amazing to see our new home taking shape in front of our eyes. My lovely new room is perfect for me – with my view of the streets and houses below, I can enjoy people-watching and feel part of the hustle and bustle of everyday life outside the home.”
The Pinders Healthcare Design Award nomination was one of a number of accolades the RMBI has received over the past year, covering initiatives such as the RMBI recipe book, Recipes and Reminiscences (UK Winner, Gourmand Best Charity / Fundraising Cookbook 2013; High Commendation in the Care Initiative category. Nursing & Residential Care Awards 20130 and catering (Scarborough Court, Whiteoaks Catering Contract of the Year 2013).