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It’s all in the name: Shinfield pupils lend a helping hand to local care home

December 9th 2020

A local primary school helped to name the suites at a brand-new care home in Shinfield.

Pupils from Crosfields School took part in a competition to name the four suites at Care UK’s new care home, Parsons Grange, on Westall Street.

Pupils from Crosfields School name suites at Care UK's Parsons GrangeThe children put their heads together to come up with a list of names that had cultural or historical significance to them and the local area.    

The home team unveiled the names when Parsons Grange opened its doors  earlier this year, and revealed the suites will be known as the ‘Hardy Suite,’ the ‘Aragon Suite,’ the ‘Allfrey Suite,’ and the ‘Cobham Suite’, which were inspired by a local historical theme suggested by Lottie, one of the local pupils who put forward Thomas Hardy’s name.

Care UK has presented the school with £250 towards new books to say thank you for the pupils’ hard work.

Ruth Halls, Home Manager at Parsons Grange, said: “The all-important naming of the suites within the care home is a key consideration, and this presented an excellent opportunity to work with Crosfields School.

“The ideas the pupils put forward were all of a very high standard and have truly inspired us – we’re really pleased with the four final names. We’re all looking forward to building upon our relationship with the local pupils in the future.”

The new care home has officially been named ‘Parsons Grange’ after Louisa Parsons, a nurse trained by Florence Nightingale. Decorated for her service in the British Army, she also founded the University of Maryland School of Nursing, before moving back to England and spending the latter part of her life in Shinfield.  

Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, the new care home incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities. The layout of the building is configured into a series of individual suites, each having a dedicated lounge/dining room to help facilitate the creation of close knit communities.

For more general information on Parsons Grange, please call Customer Relations Manager, Shelby Ratcliffe, on 07970 679624, or email

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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.

Parsons Grange
Westall Street

0330 058 3242

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