The Bishop of Southampton, Rt Revd Jonathan Frost, blessed Colten Care’s Linden House, praising team members for their ‘inspirational work’.
His visit was a chance to meet residents and staff while touring the home’s therapeutic, memory-themed spaces.
Rt Revd Frost said he was “delighted to share in this very special occasion marking the first year of Linden House.”
He added: “It is a privilege to meet team members and residents and to see this beautiful home where such inspirational work is done. The love, care and support provided is what makes this a place of peace, stability and joy.”
Opened at Easter 2014, Linden House is a purpose-built dementia care home in New Street in the heart of Lymington.
As well as caring for residents, the home has an active policy of supporting dementia work in the local community.
Regular meetings of the Lymington Dementia Action Group, which is working to make the town dementia-friendly, are held at the home.
At the start of his visit, the Bishop gave a reading from St Mark’s Gospel during a Communion service led by Douglas Marcuse, Licensed Lay Minister at St Thomas Church in Lymington. Accompanying the Bishop was St Thomas Curate, Revd Jo Mulliner.
Mandy Sevens, Colten Care Activities Organiser, said: “It was lovely to welcome such a senior church figure. A spiritual theme is very important for our residents and the Bishop gave thanks for the work of all care workers in the local area.”