Pupils from Lady Boswell Church of England Primary School were called upon to lend a helping hand to their new neighbours when they were invited to take part in competition to name the five suites at Care UK’s new care home, Weald Heights.
The school’s Year Six class put their heads together to come up with a list of names that have cultural reference to them and the local area, which were then whittled down to the top five by the home manager at Weald Heights, Maria Covington.
When the home opens on Bourchier Close next year, the suites will be known as ‘Sackville’, after the Sackville family which own Knole; ‘Penshurst’, after Penshurst Place, the ancestral home of the Sidney family; ‘Riverhill’, after the manor house located on the southern edge of Sevenoaks; ‘Chartwell’ after Chartwell House, which was once the home of Winston Churchill; and ‘Hever’, after Hever Castle where Anne Boleyn lived as a child.
As a thank you to all who took part, Care UK presented Lady Boswell Church of England Primary School with £250 of vouchers to buy new books for all pupils to enjoy.
Home manager, Maria Covington, said: “As we gear up to welcome our first residents to Weald Heights in April 2017, the all-important naming of the suites within the care home is a priority, and we thought this presented an excellent opportunity to work with Lady Boswell Church of England Primary School and to get to know our neighbours a little better.
“The choice of names from the pupils were all of a very high quality and we’re really pleased with the chosen five names.”
Head teacher at Lady Boswell Church of England Primary School, Sharon Saunders, commented: “The suite naming activity not only gave the pupils an excellent opportunity to learn all about the new care home here in Sevenoaks, but it also encouraged them to think about the history and geography of their local area when seeking out inspiration for their entries. The activity was enjoyed by all the pupils here and we hope to do more with Maria and the team at Weald Heights in the future.”
Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives while promoting independence, the new care home in Sevenoaks will incorporate space for hobby and leisure activities.
The layout of the building will facilitate the creation of close knit communities and will be configured into a series of individual suites with a dedicated lounge/dining room. Each bedroom will have an en-suite wet room, together with a flat-screen television, adjustable profile bed and a 24-hour nurse call system.
As part of its premium offering, Weald Heights will also offer a custom dinner service, allowing residents to order food to be delivered by a hostess, while the ground floor dining area has been designed with the ability to be turned into a ballroom for larger activities and events. Additional space has been utilised to create a multi-purpose hobbies and reminiscence room for residents to utilise at their leisure.