A New Meppershall Care Home For The Community

New-Meppershall-Care-HomeA Bedfordshire care home – closed in the summer of last year because of poor practice and failing standards – is to be given a new lease of life by a reputable care provider.

Meppershall Care Home has been bought by Pressbeau Group which also runs several homes in England, including Taymer Nursing  Home in neighbouring Silsoe.

Plans for the care home include a £800,000 refurbishment and a change of name to ‘New Meppershall’.

Work has already begun on the property with a team of architects, builders, decorators and interior designers already overseeing the transformation of the home.

Tina Flack – a nurse with 20 years experience – has been appointed as home manager and will head up the care team at New Meppershall.  A recruitment drive to provide local people with a variety of jobs at various levels has also been launched.

Tina said: “It is my priority to create a warm and welcoming home providing an excellent standard of care and a lovely environment for residents.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming in members of the local community over the next few months so people can see the changes that have been made both in the fabric of the building and the quality of the care being delivered.”

Sharad Saraogi, managing director of Pressbeau Group, said:  “Our knowledge of the area and our links with so many local people will help us in getting the New Meppershall completely transformed over the summer. We will be talking to local people every step of the way to keep everyone informed of our progress.”

He added: “New Meppershall is a great building in a lovely location with so much potential. It will be a wonderful resource for the local community and we feel both privileged and excited to be able to be a part of its future.”

Work on the first phase of investment includes the complete refurbishment of 58 bedrooms;  the creation of a new café and sports bar for residents; a bespoke lounge created by a team of professional interior designers; a hair salon; and a dining room with a restaurant-like atmosphere.

Julie Ogley, Director of Social Care, Health and Housing at Central Bedfordshire Council said: “We welcome Pressbeau on board at New Meppershall and look forward to seeing the transformation of the home. We are pleased that it is a provider with a proven track record in the local area taking over and we look forward to working together.”