‘Outstanding’ Braintree care home invests £450,000 in refurbishment creating new jobs


A Braintree care home has invested £450,000 in creating new facilities and fully refurbishing bedrooms to meet the growing demand for residential care.

The New Deanery in Bocking is housed in a historic Grade II listed building, which has been sensitively refurbished to create bright and spacious facilities suitable for residents and their visitors.

Re-rendering of the impressive exterior has also ensured the historic home is protected for many years to come.

In addition to an extensive refurbishment of 23 new en-suite bedrooms, the home has relocated and refitted its on-site hairdressing and beauty salon and created a new café and bar. The work included dropping floor levels to create accessible wet rooms and investing in new furnishings.

Julia Clinton, Chief Executive of Sonnet Care Homes, said: “We have breathed new life into part of the building, and it has allowed us to re-open 23 rooms which have been designed to meet future needs.

“Our new Carrington café provides a lovely new meeting place. Our residents are thrilled and absolutely love the changes, and we will now be employing up to 20 more staff to cater for a larger number of residents.”

The New Deanery and the neighbouring St Mary’s Court are run by Sonnet Care Homes, and are committed to an ethos of kindness, comfort and respect.

Both homes have been rated by the Care Quality Commission as ‘outstanding’ for leadership and ‘good’ in all other aspects covering care, safety, effectiveness and responsiveness.



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