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Barchester opens Thistle Hill Care Centre

14th September 2005

Barchester Healthcare, has celebrated the official opening of its stunning, £3 million development, Thistle Hill Care Centre in Knaresborough.

Bridging the gap between young and old generations, Thistle Hill Care Centre was officially opened by two people of very different ages. The oldest resident, Millie Lord who is 102 cut the ribbon to mark the champagne and jazz celebration, helped by the youngest, two year old Lin-ay Varnes, who attends the nursery which is also part of the service provided by Thistle Hill.

The new care centre was completed with a minimum amount of disruption to existing residents and working closely with S Harrison Construction, Barchester Healthcare continued to provide first-class care to residents in the existing nursing home until the new one was completed.

The state-of-the-art care centre offers 24-hour nursing care for older people and specialist nursing care for those with dementia, along with a new unit for younger adults with physical disabilities. With the capacity for 20 residents, it has been specially developed to help meet the needs of the local community and is one of the few units in the Barchester Healthcare portfolio able to offer this type of specialist care.

General Manager Sarah Paskett said, "We are thrilled to be in our new home and already our residents are telling us how much they love the new place. Even though it is impressively designed, we want to make it as homely as possible so that our residents really feel that staying with us is a pleasurable experience, whether that is their surroundings, the high quality food we provide or the entertainment which we organise on a regular basis."

The purpose-built home has every conceivable amenity to ensure residents are happy and comfortable in their environment. All rooms have en-suite facilities with level access showers for disabled use. There are also spacious, light lounges and dining rooms as well as activity, physiotherapy and hairdressing areas.

Each resident also has access to GPs, physiotherapists and chiropodists. They are also able to take part in a wide variety of social outings and trips. Hairdressers regularly visit the home, as does Prince, a ‘Pets as Therapy’ Labrador who has become a much-loved visitor to Thistle Hill.