Hallmark Care Homes recently opened their highly anticipated new care home in Brighton. Maycroft Manor, situated on the busy London Road, was declared open by television and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford who described the 99-bed home as “the cutting edge of what a care home should be”.
Gloria, who spent time living in a care home for a television project last year, cut the ribbon in front of 200 of guests. The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Cllr Denise Cobb, was also in attendance and stated how pleased she was that such a facility was available for the residents of Brighton and beyond. The grand opening was followed by a successful community open weekend attended by over 500 local people
The much-talked-about home has been designed around the care group’s ‘relationship-centred’ care and dementia strategies, which concentrate on empowering and enabling residents to live an active and fulfilled life. Facilities such as the ‘Corner Shop’ and the various ‘Residents’ Laundry’ rooms encourage independent living, while the state-of-the-art cinema and the relaxing therapy room are luxurious retreats. There are two large cafés where residents and their family members can enjoy fresh coffee and homemade cakes, as well as numerous beautifully designed lounges and dining rooms.
The home’s specialist dementia environment features its own café, hair salon, and laundry room, which provide vital ‘destination points’ for those living with a form of dementia. Memory-prompting design features are arranged throughout, while bespoke bedroom furniture has been designed especially for residents living with dementia.
Outside space is easily accessible, encouraging residents to spend time in the landscape in gardens which surround he home. There are outdoor terraces on each floor, allowing residents living on all floors access to outside space. There is also a spacious rooftop garden complete with raised planters and greenhouse.
The building has been designed to make strong references to older structures in the area and features sympathetic local and historic reference points within its design. The home has also achieved a BREAM excellent rating for its outstanding environmental credentials.
Hallmark Care Homes’ Managing Director Avnish Goyal said:
“I am so proud of what we have achieved with this home. With the hard work of the outstanding team we have recruited, our aim is that Maycroft Manor will become one of, if not, the best care home in the UK”.
Maycroft Manor Care Home becomes the 18th home in the Hallmark Care Homes family. Care homes providing residential, nursing and dementia care are due to open in Lightwater, Surrey, and Rugby, Warwickshire, next year.