Staff and guests welcomed Lyn Swindlehurst, Leek Town Mayor, as she officially opened a new 66- bed home, providing care and support for older people across Staffordshire.
The event at Hen Cloud House was also attended by much-loved Town Crier, Bill Lomas, and Councillors Charlotte Atkins and Ben Emery.
Located on the site of the former Eaton House on Buxton Road, the £10 million-pound home is operated by Borough Care, a not-for-profit care provider that invests 100 per cent of its income back into its services, providing exceptional facilities, exciting, diverse activities and individual care for residents.
Mayor Swindlehurst cut the ribbon to declare the home open and welcome residents from across the county, who require support to help them to live well with age-related conditions, including dementia.
Lyn Swindlehurst, Leek Town Mayor, said: “Our Town Crier and I had a private tour of Hen Cloud House during which we were impressed by the warm environment and friendly caring atmosphere, with numerous opportunities for activities and sharing time together. No opportunity has been missed to benefit those who live here. I am sure those who make Hen Cloud House their home will find a happy, caring place. My best wishes to everyone involved and those who make Hen Cloud House their home.
Borough Care Chair, Isla Wilson, added: “It’s been incredible to see our first home in Staffordshire take shape and for residents to move in and make Hen Cloud House their new home.
“The facilities are of the highest standard, with added extras such as the cinema, but what really makes it special is the spirit of fun and friendship in the home, which is very much part of our ethos at Borough Care. We believe people should have the opportunity to live a full life, regardless of their age or capabilities, and our homes help residents to do that, whether they live here full time or come for respite.
“We’re really grateful for the support we’ve received from our local MP, councillors, the Town Crier and the Leek Town Mayor. It’s important to have their endorsement for a home that will help to meet the needs of the local community and provide local jobs.”
Hen Cloud House is designed to have small ‘households’ to offer residents a true home-from-home experience and to support residents living with dementia. Each ‘household’ has its own dining room and living areas, set around an open-plan café and lounge.
The spacious rooms have high-quality furnishings and décor and include full wet-room facilities. The home also has its own hair and beauty salon and a Hollywood-themed cinema, as well as landscaped gardens.