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It’s all in the name – local group names Shinfield’s newest care home

August 19th 2019


A local history group has won a competition to name a brand new care home in Shinfield.    


The Shinfield and District Local History Society took part in a competition to name the new Care UK home on Westall Street, which opens in June next year.  

The competition called for the people who know the village best, its residents, to share suggestions which had cultural or historical reference to the local area. 

The name chosen for the care home is Parsons Grange, based on a suggestion of Louisa Parsons House by Christopher Paul Young, a member of the Shinfield and District Local History Society. Louisa Parsons was a nurse trained by Florence Nightingale and decorated for her service in the British Army in the 1880s, before moving to the United States, where she founded the University of Maryland School of Nursing. 

She also served in the US Army, before moving back to England and spending the latter part of her life in Shinfield with her sister.She died in 1916 and was buried by the Bishop of Reading, with full military honours, in the detached cemetery in Deardon Way, Shinfield, close to St. Mary’s Church, where her grave can still be seen. 

Peter Griffiths, Development Project Manager at Care UK, said: “The home naming process is one of the key milestones for the new home, so it was important to involve the community in the decision. All of the names put forward were of a very high quality, but we felt Parsons Grange was original and really rooted the home in the local area. 

“We’re so grateful to everyone that made a name suggestion and the Shinfield and District Local History Society for coming up with the winning name.” 

Christopher said: “I have lived in Shinfield for a long time and it is appropriate that the new home should preserve the historic link with Louisa, who was a leading influence in nursing both in this country and in the United States.” 

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Purpose-built Parsons Grange in Shinfield near Reading offers professional and compassionate care for older people in luxurious surroundings. Parsons Grange has been designed to provide the perfect home from home for your loved one. Not only are the lounges and dining rooms the epitome of luxury and comfort, but there is also a hair and beauty salon, café, bar, gym, activity rooms and a sumptuous cinema. Outside, the glorious gardens are ideal to wander through or to sit and enjoy the wildlife. If your loved one enjoys horticulture, they are more than welcome to join in with looking after the garden.

Our professional teams take time to learn about every resident, listening to their life stories and noting down their preferences on their tailored care plan. This ensures that they receive the best care, are offered their favourite meals, freshly prepared by the in-house chef, and are able to take part in daily activities that they’ll enjoy.

As specialists in caring for those living with dementia, Parsons Grange features the latest, innovative ideas, including clear signage, colour schemes and lighting plans, as well as themed areas. Together these encourage a sense of independence by supporting residents as they move around the home.

With en-suite wet rooms, residents’ rooms are spacious and bright, all include a state-of-the-art flat-screen TV, and some have direct access to the gardens. Decorating their room with special treasured possessions and pictures allows your loved to feel comfortable and at home.

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Westall Street
Shinfield - Reading

0330 058 3242

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