Cherry Trees care home in Rotherham has been renovated and has now reopened and is welcoming new visitors and residents.
The 66-bed home was taken over by Orchard Care Homes at the end of last year and provides residential, nursing and more specialist dementia care.
An investment of £180,000 sees the first revamped 17-bed unit open with a new and interactive dementia café and a number of seating areas, to encourage residents to relax and enjoy their surroundings.
A prominent focus for the renovation has been the introduction of the Orchard Care dementia strategy, which the home group has been rolling out. This includes the inclusion and development of tactile and interactive areas within the home, such as a street scene along the hallways and outside rooms, with images that include a post office and a village bakery. Residents can feel and hold objects, such as the telephone on the wall, or bags and scarves, which spark memory and conversation, and assist residents in feeling more at home in this space.
The unit will start to be filled this month, as residents are moved from the lower floor to the newly refreshed rooms.
Gene Allan, manager, says: “We are delighted with the renovation of this unit, it has completely re-energised the home and we are looking forward to settling new and existing residents in here. We now have a light, bright and spacious floor, which will enable us to bring in more of the popular activities to the home, such as music and performance, which get such a positive response from our residents.”