Care provider for the Jewish community, Nightingale Hammerson have announced that their new establishment, Hammerson House will open its doors today to new residents. The new care home will offer Nightingale Hammerson’s unique inter-generational care initiative, a vibrant living and social environment and an innovative therapeutic approach to 116 people. Combined with Nightingale House in South London, the two establishments will offer ‘home from home’ care to over 250 residents, which is around 30% of the care beds needed for the Jewish Community in the London area.
Nightingale Hammerson was the first UK care home to integrate a children’s nursery onsite in Nightingale House in South London. The new home, Hammerson House, will continue the group’s pioneering work in this area, working with a variety of local nurseries and primary schools in North London. This was a priority when planning the new home as experience from Nightingale House showed that the daily interaction and opportunities for reading, singing and cooking between the children and residents actively helped to address social isolation, boosted cognitive and physical stimulation and provided self-worth through sharing experiences with and helping the children. The children also benefitted by being part of a positive learning environment.
At Hammerson House, residents will be offered a vibrant programme of activities such as theatre and shopping trips. There is a particular focus on providing cognitive stimulation through group sessions, such as conversational French and discussion groups. Residents will get to hone their creative skills with the Engagement team, working with clay, textiles, cookery and art and there will be a regular selection of musical events and concerts on offer.
Harvey Rosenblatt, President of Nightingale Hammerson said: “I am absolutely delighted that after nearly 3 years of redevelopment, Hammerson House is opening its doors to residents. Our home has been designed to fulfil the vision of providing innovative, high quality care. We have been able to achieve this through the valued support of our donors, volunteers and local community. We are enormously grateful for their generosity.”
Melvin Lawson, Chairman of Nightingale Hammerson commented: “The care of our older generation has never been closer to people’s hearts and many now recognise the importance this sector holds in our society. It has also highlighted the significant gaps and shortfall in funding. We have found a way that can work for our two care homes, but we do require significant backing from our donors and supporters to top up the deficit in the cost of the care we provide. How can the government make this a priority and work towards providing outstanding care for our older population? It is a huge question and currently there is no clear answer.”