Residents, staff and guests, including community healthcare partners, applauded as Bourne View was pronounced open with the ceremonial unveiling of a plaque by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell.
The art deco-themed home, in Langside Avenue on the Poole-Bournemouth border, offers residential, assisted living and nursing care in a spacious, purpose-built environment reflecting the latest thinking in elderly people’s care.
Overlooking the Bourne Valley nature reserve, it features 68 en suite bedrooms and two guest suites along with a rooftop garden and Canopy Café, piano lounge, hair salon, spa and hotel-style foyer.
The official opening was followed by a public open afternoon in the company of TV health presenter and author Dr Hilary Jones. Tours of the building included the chance to stop at interactive ‘event stations’ with experts on hand to discuss different aspects of care such as nursing and clinical care, dementia care, companionship, nutrition and the therapeutic benefits of gardens and gardening.
Dr Hilary said: “I have a long association with Colten Care and am always blown away by the quality of their homes. Each one is bigger and better than the one before. Bourne View is a stunning building with impeccable interior design. It takes a lot of investment, planning, love and care to create something like this and you will feel and appreciate that whether you come as a resident to live here, or a member of staff to work here. As well as the facilities themselves and the links with the community, what’s important is care and compassion. I firmly believe Bourne View will become synonymous with feelings of dignity, compassion, companionship, energy and activity. All of these are here in abundance under one roof.”
Colten Care Chief Executive Mark Aitchison said Bourne View would create up to 120 jobs at full occupancy, adding: “Residents are at the very heart of everything we do. We want the home to be a beacon of excellence reinforcing our position as one of the country’s leading care home groups. A building is only a small part of what makes a home outstanding however. It’s the team and the residents that define a home’s character. I am truly delighted by the team here at Bourne View. In our Home Manager Sohail Daniel and Clinical Lead Vera Almeida we have two highly experienced, dedicated professionals who embody our values. We are one team with two objectives, being the care provider of choice and employer of choice, and one goal: our residents and the care they receive.”
The Lord Lieutenant, who is a Patron of Diverse Abilities, the charity that runs Langside School, said he applauded the help provided, adding: “Colten Care has worked hand in hand with us for a number of years now, welcoming visits from the children to their other homes. We look forward to continuing this prime example of community care and partnership with Bourne View now open next door.”