TV and radio presenter joins in opening celebrations at award winning care home


TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford, OBE, joined Caring Homes Group Founding Director Helena Jeffery to officially open their new, state of the art, award winning care home, Riverside Place, in Ware on Wednesday 15th May.

During a spectacular event, Helena Jeffery addressed the many guests with a heartfelt speech marking 25 years of Caring Homes followed by Gloria who delighted the gathering by sharing her thoughts on the importance of care before unveiling a plaque in the Bistro.

Gloria surprised all those gathered, meeting and speaking to residents, their relatives and the care team as well as many partners and investors instrumental in the development this years’ winner of the Pinders Healthcare Design Award, including Architects ADG, and builders, Dalton Homes.
Helena Jeffery then invited Gloria Hunniford to take a tour of the home’s luxury facilities which include a cinema, hairdressers, private dining rooms, a bistro and Orangery. Communal areas of the home include areas to sit peacefully and reminisce, an activities room where residents can assist in the preparation of meals, and explore their creative side, alongside beautiful landscaped gardens and spacious balconies to enjoy the views, the planting and dine al fresco on a summers evening.

Home Manager, of Riverside Place, Katie Wilkinson said: “Gloria spent a lot of time talking to our residents and guests and was really interested in finding out more about the high-quality care that the home provides. In particular we shared the ways in which we maintain links with the community in order to enhance and maintain residents and community members interests, hobbies and love for life, providing community activities, awareness events and meeting spaces.

Helena shared, “Gloria was very impressed with the modern facilities and high quality of the home including its cinema room, orangery and gardens. It was an absolute pleasure to have her visit us and we look forward to welcoming her back to celebrate many more homes, with us again in the future.”

The many invited guests who joined Gloria, Helena, residents, family and colleagues to celebrate the opening of the new award-winning home, enjoyed a vintage afternoon tea alongside an exclusive performance by a local singer in the Orangery. Gloria spent time meeting residents, taking afternoon tea and dancing with quite a few, which delighted guests and colleagues alike. The event culminated in Gloria Hunniford, Dorothy Baverstock and Helena Jeffery cutting a beautiful celebration cake.

Riverside Place recently won ‘Best New Care Home’ (higher development budget) in the prestigious healthcare design awards, hosted at The Royal Lancaster London Hotel.

Situated on the outskirts of the affluent Hertfordshire town of Ware, a stone’s throw away from the River Lea, Riverside Place, opened its doors to residents in October 2018 and is designed around the needs of its residents. The home provides the highest level of residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as respite and convalescent care, for up to 72 residents.

Riverside Place is one of the latest additions to the Caring Homes family, which now comprises of 64 homes nationally and is celebrating 25 years in the care home industry this year after starting out with just one care home in 1994.



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