Residents and staff at Meresworth care home in Hertfordshire celebrated the reopening of their much-loved Day Care centre with a champagne reception.
Councillor William, chair of Three Rivers District Council, cut the ribbon to officially mark the relaunch. Attendees were then treated to a delicious buffet lunch before enjoying entertainment from One Man Stand.
Cllr Williams said: “I am delighted to have been invited to open the Meresworth care home officially. It is warming to note that residents can continue to utilise these facilities.
“Thanks to the Kier Foundation for their support in refurbishing the centre and the fantastic work done by all the contractors who volunteered and provided materials.”
The centre was refurbished by Kier and organised for the home to receive a brand new kitchen, new flooring, furniture and decoration for the Day Care members to enjoy.
The contractors worked free of charged and provided some of the materials free of charge too. The complete refurbishment was finished in record time ensuring Day Care members didn’t go without their much loved club for too long.
Meresworth’s Day Centre is run by Quantum Care, a not-for-profit care providers based in Hertfordshire. The centre provides specialist day care services to elderly people living in the area.
Members enjoy group activities like baking and quizzes, and are encouraged to meet and interact with new people. Staff are also trained to provide specialist care for those living with dementia and support to members with physical disabilities.
David Cook, a regular Day Care member, said: “Without the Day Care Centre I wouldn’t get out much. I’m a chatty man, and like to meet new people, so coming to Meresworth has helped me make a really nice group of friends and I look forward to coming to see them every week. The new kitchen and décor has made the whole place look even more inviting and I’m really looking forward to spending more time here.”
Maria Ball, Quantum Care’s chief executive, said: “We see how important Day Care centres like Meresworth’s are for the people who attend them. Day centres help reduce loneliness and increase health and wellbeing among the elderly, some of whom would go without company or care if it wasn’t for centres like these.
“That is why we are so grateful to the Quantum Care staff team, Kier and all the contractors involved for helping us make Meresworth Day Care centre even more welcoming for our members. It is clear how much this place means to our local community and how happy this refurbishment has made the people who attend. Thank you for your hard work and generoisty.”