Gosforth-based Dene Park House care home, which is part of Akari Care, welcomed a special VIP guest to officially open the newly refurbished home, which now includes a bar and hair salon.
The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, George Pattison, attended the grand launch of the refurbishment, which is part of Akari Care’s £15 million investment programme in its homes throughout the UK, and took part in a ribbon cutting with John Collinson, Manager. The Lord Mayor also took time to ‘pull a pint’ in the bar and serve a drink to Resident Gladys Howe aged 76.
The refurbishment work involved a redecoration of the entire care home, including bathrooms, communal areas and bedrooms fitted with new carpets, tiles, curtains, furniture and soft furnishings.
Two rooms, which were rarely used, have been transformed into a new bar and hair salon, so residents can enjoy a trip to the hairdressers and a relaxing drink in the comfort of their own home.
Based on Killingworth Road, the home provides specialist care for 51 elderly residents.
John Collinson, said: “A warm and homely environment is so important for the care and well-being of our residents and this refurbishment has had a very positive impact on them.
“This investment and refurbishment has made a real difference and the residents are really enjoying the new salon, bar and their newly redecorated rooms.
“The open day has been a great opportunity to show members of the public the services we offer and we would like to say a big thank you to The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, George Pattison, who made our grand launch even more special!”