The Oaks Care Home in Colchester was officially reopened on Friday 14th July by the Deputy Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Peter Chillingworth, with residents, relatives and members of the local community celebrating with an afternoon of canapes, cream teas, champagne and live music.
The Oaks, which is home to 61 local residents, underwent a six-month £1.2 million refurbishment programme earlier this year, with designers drawing inspiration from the residents and their loved-ones in an effort to make sure the new interior design represented the tastes of the people who live there. Residents were encouraged to choose the decoration for their bedrooms, the lounge, and the dining areas.
The home, which is now one of the area’s most luxurious and advanced care centres, offers a modern and homely setting, complemented by spacious, well maintained grounds, originally designed by renowned gardener and author, Beth Chatto. Beth’s granddaughter, Julia Boulton, also attended the official relaunch event.
As well as a beautiful new care environment, residents can also enjoy pampering sessions at the new onsite beauty salon, eat delicious food in their sophisticated new dining room, and can kick back and relax in their brand-new onsite cinema room.
The range of care services on offer has also been expanded, with The Oaks able to provide independent living, palliative, respite and convalescent care and support.
Louise Baxter, Home Manager at The Oaks Care Home commented:
“This is the beginning of an exciting new stage in The Oaks’ history. Since opening in 1995 we have strived to provide the very best care at the heart of the local community. This revamp will allow us to continue to do this in a modern but welcoming and homely environment for our residents and their families. The new services in particular have been a huge hit, with residents enjoying seeing all their favourite films in our new cinema, or being pampered in the beauty salon.
“Friday’s officially reopening party was great fun and a huge success. We loved having the local community and Deputy Mayor join us to celebrate the completion of the refurbishment work, and to enjoy champagne and canapes in the sunshine with our residents.”