Care provider Hallmark Care Homes has launched highly anticipated homes in Rugby in Warwickshire and Lightwater in Surrey as they continue to expand their portfolio of high-quality care homes.
The 70 bed Anya Court in Rugby was officially opened by Countryfiles’ John Craven.
Facilities at the homes include hair salons, cinemas and vibrant cafés serving complimentary drinks and homemade treats. Other areas, such as the corner shops and the various residents’ laundry rooms, are designed to encourage active and independent living. Although both homes are recognisable as belonging to the Hallmark family and are created to support Hallmark’s relationship-centred care and dementia care strategies, their interior design schemes are unique.
Design for dementia
Hallmark Care Homes, winners of ‘Best Dementia Care Home’ at the 2014 Pinders Healthcare Design Awards, continue to innovate in the area of dementia design. Both new homes feature specialist dementia communities, designed specifically for residents living with a form of dementia. They feature facilities such as cafés, hair salons and access to outside space which complement the use of technology such as a dementia monitoring system.
Outside space at Anya court and Lakeview is beautifully landscaped and is easily accessible from various areas of the homes, with large terraces enabling residents living on higher floors outdoor access. The gardens at both care homes include raised beds, water features and gardening club areas complete with greenhouses and potting sheds.
Between them, the homes attracted over 1000 visitors across a series of open days. The community open day events were met with overwhelming support with both homes already considered important parts of the community. Anya Court has been hosting Dementia Friends’ sessions for local people while Lakeview has already become an integral part of the larger Lightwater community.
Avnish Goyal, Managing Director of Hallmark Care Homes, said:
“These homes represent years of hard work and dedication to make sure we meet the needs of our residents. Both homes have been sympathetically designed to fit within local enviroments and are places where residents will come to live an extraordinary lifestyle, not just exist.”
Brian Blessed, speaking at the opening of Lakeview, said:
“I’ve never seen anything of this standard before. Beautifully designed and brilliantly thought-out; this place is for living.”
Speaking at the opening of Anya court, John Craven said:
“This is the shining star for all other care homes. It’s fantastic.”