The countdown is finally over for the opening of Congleton’s newest state-of-the-art care home after it officially opened its doors to offer residents the very best in person-centered care.
Nestled in a green residential area on its namesake road close to the market town’s centre, a celebratory launch event took place to mark the official opening of Priesty Fields Care Home on Monday, 15th November.
Town Mayor, Cllr Denis Murphy, officially opened the home with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside 100-year-old Congleton native and one of Priesty Fields’ first residents, Dorothy Cartridge. The large crowd in attendance were then treated to champagne and canapés to mark the occasion, before being given guided tours around the purpose-built home.
Priesty Fields will offer 78 spacious en-suite bedrooms, along with a gastropub, farmers market, cinema, spa, salon, gym, library, private dining room, garden lounge, and GP office.
During the opening ceremony, Cllr Murphy said: “I think the home is a fantastic facility. I’ve never been to a care facility like it! Getting the full tour of the rooms, spa, shops, bar and dining area was a wonderful experience. It’s a first-class facility and the people who choose to come here will have a splendid time and will be extremely well looked after.”
He continued: “As a community, we are extremely lucky to have a facility of this standard in Congleton, especially as it’s in the centre of town. One of the things Congleton has needed is a care home. We’ve got a very elderly population – the demographics for this particular area of Cheshire has a far higher number of elderly residents compared to other local authority areas, so facilities like this are very important for the community.”
The innovative physical structure of the building has been tailored to suit the specific needs of people requiring continuous care, with enticing communal areas that encourage independence and stimulate the senses being included in the design.
The home will also be sustainable aligning with the wider environmental objectives of the Hansdale care group, who operate the home along with eight others across the UK.
Rishi Sodha, Care Director at Handsale, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome everyone to the official launch of Priesty Fields Care Home. Over the past two years, our purpose-built residential and nursing home has been meticulously constructed to ensure the very best person-centred care will be delivered to our residents, so we were delighted to see so many of the local community in attendance to support us. I hope everyone had a fantastic day and we look forward to providing exceptional care to the Congleton community and further afield.”