The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) – one of the UK’s largest not-for-profit care home providers – has held a foundation stone ceremony for a new state-of-the-art care centre in Gloucestershire’s Cotswolds on 19th October.
As part of the day, Cllr Dorcas Binns, Cabinet Member for Older People with Gloucestershire County Council, unveiled the foundation stone of the Stow-on-the-Wold development in front of an audience that included representatives from several local community organisations, OSJCT Trustees and Directors and several of those involved in the design and construction of the project.
Named Edwardstow Court to reflect Stow-on-the-Wold’s historic original name, the new 70-bed care facility is set for completion during late 2017 and will include three floors dedicated to providing a combination of residential and specialist dementia care.
In addition to six 8-bedroom households, each one complete with its own kitchen and communal living space, the home will also feature a central destination area that will provide a café, hair & beauty salon, and shop area. Additionally, the external area of the home will offer safe and secure landscaped gardens with access from each of the ground floor households, as well as communal gardens accessible from the café area.
Chris Poole, OSJCT Assistant Operations Director for Gloucestershire, said: “This is the third foundation stone we’ve laid in Gloucestershire this year, reflecting the exciting new developments in our care offering to the people of Gloucestershire – something we’re very proud of and excited about.”
“More and more older people are living with dementia. The Trust offers a very high level of person-centred care for those living with the condition, and we really want to help meet the needs of as many people as possible within the county so that they can maintain the highest quality of life, no matter their age or medical condition. Our new care centres are designed to provide that support.”
Cllr Dorcas Binns, cabinet member for older people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know people are living longer, more fulfilling lives.
“We have to make sure that the care provided in the county helps our elderly residents and their families to live the lives they want to, so I am very happy to be able to support the Orders of St. John Care Trust (OSJCT) delivering their great work in the county.
“They offer high quality local nursing care around the county, particularly for people with dementia. This new care home will help them to carry on doing that for even more of the older people in Gloucestershire.”