Chaplin Lodge care home in Wickford has received a visit from local MP, Mark Francois, who officially opened its refurbished ‘Sunny’ lounge.
The much-improved lounge is part of an extensive improvement programme at the care home and will create a more homely environment for the residents.
Residents have already been enjoying the new facilities, where they recently held a valentine’s dance, coffee morning and hosted an accordionist – they have even celebrated national cheese lover’s day! The MP for Rayleigh and Wickford called in to cut the ribbon, to officially declare Sunny lounge “open”.
Residents also had the opportunity to chat with Mr Francois about current affairs, their views on the local area and what will happen now the UK has left the European Union.
Commenting on his visit, Mark Francois MP said: “It was a joy to visit Chaplin Lodge in Wickford. I had a wonderful morning chatting to residents and looking around the home, I look forward to my next visit!”
Resident Irene Brophy, 82, said: “It was lovely to have Mr Francois visit and see the work we’ve had done at Chaplin Lodge, he even met my mascot bear – Fluff.”
Lianne Parkin, home manager at Chaplin Lodge care home, said: “At Chaplin Lodge, we’re delighted to be a part of our local community. That’s why it was such a pleasure to welcome Mr Francois to look round our refurbishments and officially open our lounge.
“We hope to see him again soon for a cuppa!”