Residents, staff, families, friends and the relatives of former residents gathered at Cedars Care Home recently to celebrate the home’s tenth birthday.
The sun shone brightly as everyone enjoyed a tasty BBQ in the Cedars garden and toasted the home’s big day with birthday cake, after home manager Victor Zingoni led a quiet moment of remembrance for all those who have passed through the home during the last decade. Guests enjoyed some rousing live entertainment courtesy of local Elvis tribute act, Paul Davidson, whose energetic and characterful little daughter Chloe also proved highly diverting!
The Southend-based home actually opened its doors on 14th February 2012 but, given the uncertain winter weather and the remaining pandemic restrictions, August was agreed as the best time to hold the party. Since February the home has been marking its tenth anniversary in a variety of ways. Staff presented residents with a montage of photos collected between 2012 and 2022, while residents, their families and staff have all been encouraged to provide their thoughts about Cedars and what it means to them, for a time capsule to be buried soon and opened in August 2032.
Victor told guests:
“I can’t believe it’s been ten years since Cedars first opened in February 2012. Over the years we have cared for so many residents who have left a lasting impression on us. Let me take this opportunity to pay my respects to all those we have lost over the years.”
Offering his own tribute to Cedars staff, he added:
“Through their dedication and commitment our staff were resilient, working through the pandemic. It was a difficult time for families as they could not visit their loved ones in the home. The staff at Cedars became their extended family. For that I would like to say thank you to all our staff. As a care home we always strive to deliver good-quality care to our residents, and this has been demonstrated by recommendations from members of the community and families. Here’s to another ten years of good-quality care!”