Residents at Care UK’s Halstead Lodge care home bid farewell to their old home on Monday 30th April and say hello to Colne View.
Because moving home can be stressful, particularly for older people, Care UK made it a priority to ensure residents and their relatives were not only consulted thoroughly and sensitively, but also took an active part in helping to design the new Colne View home.
The new home, which is close to the centre of Halstead, has been specifically designed to ensure residents can enjoy the highest standards of comfort and facilities, which include a retro-themed room, library, coffee shop, hair and beauty salon and cinema, all based around its own indoor ‘village green’ which evokes a typical Essex village. This innovative area will help residents to catch up with family and friends, whatever the weather.
The residents, who also chose individual décor for their new rooms, were very excited about the move. Bill Bolitho, who lived for the longest period at Halstead Lodge, locked up the old home before travelling to Colne View.
He said: “I was overwhelmed. Everything is better, including the food, and everything seems very favourable.”
Our Home Manager Heather Choat said: “Everyone was very excited about the move and it went without a hitch. We did it over a period of three days to ensure no one was stressed and residents were also reassured by the fact that all Halstead Lodge staff moved to Colne View with them.
“The team are very excited about the move as the home has been purpose-built to ensure they can help residents lead an active life, keeping up their hobbies and interests. We know from Halstead Lodge that many of our residents enjoy gardening, while others just enjoy spending time in the garden, so we have constructed secure gardens. Residents will enjoy patios with raised flowerbeds, lawned areas and a vegetable/herb garden that we hope will also provide some produce for our kitchen.”