A RUNCORN care home has turned its halls into a high street as part of refurbishments – giving residents an outdoors experience indoors.
A cinema, bar, hair salon, tea room and new lounge have all been opened at Simonsfield Care Home, on Boston Avenue.
Four new bedrooms have also been installed as part of the refurbishment work.
Barbara Nixon, whose mother resides at Simonsfield, said: “Mum is delighted with the new hairdressing salon, she feels like she is now going out to a proper salon and not in another room in the home.
“The new bathroom is beautifully decorated and it feels like a real treat to use it.
There are lots of improvements, including a lovely bar near to the main entrance and a coffee bar that visitors can take their relatives for a treat.
“The newly refurbished lounge feels homely and comfortable.”
Debbie Smith, Simonsfield Care Home manager, said: “The refurbishment work was carried out to benefit all our residents, to give them the experience of going down the high street from the comfort of the care home.
“We’ve had really good feedback from visitors and family members, saying there are more areas for everyone to enjoy and how it feels like an outing when going to the cinema room.
“The changes also have an added benefit for our residents with dementia, as they recognise the traditional barbers’ pole and get comfort from enjoying a cup of tea in the familiar surroundings of the tea room.”