Gracewell Healthcare is set to open the new luxury boutique Highclere House care home in Weymouth.
The home was named by children at the local Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, which ran a competition to find the new title.
Pupil Tiegan Sharpe selected the name after hearing that there was already an historic connection with a Highclere Court in the area and so she decided to continue the local tradition.
Talking about Tiegan’s choice of name, Peter Curtis, Director of Gracewell Healthcare, said:
“We decided to choose the name Highclere House from the children’s shortlist because we felt it was important to celebrate the past and future of Weymouth.”
Highclere House is a purpose built Care Home situated in Weymouth which will open in Spring 2013.
The facilities on offer at the home will include 70 luxurious bedrooms with four deluxe suites all rooms include en-suite bedrooms. One of the main attractions is what Gracewell Healthcare describes as its ‘village area’. This is a central feature of the home and will provide meeting areas for residents, a library, and a separate computer corner for any silver surfers and an upmarket café where residents will be able to enjoy gourmet sandwiches and other tasty delights.
Highclere House will also offer full support for those residents with dementia and those who need extra nursing support.
This feeling of a ‘home from home’ is an essential part of the Gracewell Healthcare ethos and four of the group’s existing homes have received commendation from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Interaction with the local community is also important to the group and speaking about this subject Peter Curtis said:
“We are looking forward to building a strong relationship with Holy Trinity School and the wider community because we believe young and older people can gain and learn so much from each other.”
Mr Curtis added:” It’s our vision that Highclere House will become a key part of the community in Weymouth, somewhere that people come to enjoy special times with their families and create new memories.”
Holy Trinity School won a £250 Waterstones voucher for naming the home which was presented by the Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Margaret Leicester, in a recent ceremony. One of the first visitors to Highclere will be young Tiegan, who said:
”The picture of the home looked really great on the big board – I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.”
External information about Gracewell and its care homes can be found on housingcare.org/ gracewell-healthcare