John Bly met almost 100 influential members of the local community on Thursday 16 April for a special launch event, ahead of the first residents being welcomed to the 64-bed care home on Culpepper Close on 27 April.
The famed auctioneer and antiques dealer enjoyed a guided tour with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Aylesbury Town Council, before raising a glass to Buckingham Lodge and cutting the ribbon to declare the care home officially open.
Aylesbury VIPs mingled with the Anchor team and future Buckingham Lodge residents before gathering at the entrance to the home to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebrate with a slice of cake.
Opening Anchor’s newest care home, John Bly said: “Many congratulations to all involved in getting Buckingham Lodge care home ready for its first residents – a combination of thoughtful design and passionate people make it a real landmark development.
“Having had close personal experience with those who have lived with dementia, I understand the importance of providing safe, well-designed spaces in which to offer the highest standard of care possible.
“Buckingham Lodge is a remarkable, iconic concept built from simple but brilliant ideas, which should be the pace setter for care homes in the future.”
After his tour of the home, Mayor Cllr Tuffail Hussain remarked: “Buckingham Lodge is an excellent example of a fantastic, modern, state-of-the-art care home. I am overwhelmed by how big and bright the rooms are, and how professional and caring the staff are. I think residents will truly feel at home here.”
Howard Nankivell, Anchor’s Sales and Marketing Director, commented: “We are very pleased to be opening this luxurious care home in Aylesbury, and we look forward to becoming part of the local community.
“With over 45 years of experience in care and housing, Anchor prides itself on giving older people a choice of great places to live, and we are proud to say that Buckingham Lodge is an excellent example of a great place to live.”
Care home manager Wendy Luck added: “We are all excited to be opening Buckingham Lodge this afternoon – I look forward to welcoming visitors and residents alike to our beautiful new home in the coming weeks.”
Buckingham Lodge will provide 24 hour care for older people, as well as specialist dementia care for those who require it. The home is part of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people.
Buckingham Lodge care home offers first class support and facilities, with en suite rooms for up to 64 residents, as well as a café, hair and beauty salon, lounges and landscaped gardens for residents to enjoy.