On 11 February, the Rt Hon the Lord Remnant, CVO, representing the Venerable Order of St John, unveiled the Foundation Stone of The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) new, state-of-the-art care centre in Henley-on-Thames.
The ceremony was attended by Cllr Judith Heathcoat, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and John Jackson, Director of Social Services for Oxfordshire County Council, representatives from several local community organisations as well as OSJCT Trustees and Directors, together with many of those involved in the design and construction of the project.
Set for completion in Spring 2016, the new 64-bed care centre being delivered by VINCI Construction UK, will include three floors dedicated to providing specialist dementia care and will incorporate a number of features to promote reminiscence as therapy.
Each of the home’s bedrooms will have en-suite shower and toilet facilities, along with access to digital television, telephone and Wi-Fi, as well as a 24-hour nurse call facility.
Each resident will also have access to a household living area including a lounge, sitting room, kitchen and dining room, as well as a central communal area that includes a café, shop and hair salon.
The property’s outdoor area will provide a safe and secure garden for residents to access and will include a fully landscaped sensory garden with raised planters, vegetable patches and water feature.
Don Wood, OSJCT’s Chairman, commented: “We’re delighted to bring yet another state-of-the-art care facility to Oxfordshire. With the number of dementia cases on the rise throughout the country, we believe that, once completed, the specialist care set to be delivered in this home will help meet the needs of those living with the condition, both presently and in the future.”