A LEADING East Staffordshire nursing home is set to celebrate a quarter of a century caring for the elderly.
Hoar Cross Nursing Home, just off Abbots Bromley Road, is set to mark 25 years in business by holding a special open day on October 31 for its current workers, residents, former employees, GPs, support workers and the local community.
The big birthday also brings up another milestone for the organisation with £1 million now spent on updating all the buildings, a six-bed extension and landscaping of two-acre grounds to create a picturesque and tranquil environment.
There has also been significant investment in people, typified by a training programme that ensures all 60 members of staff receive continued professional development so they can deliver high quality care for the residents.
The open day will give people the chance to the look around the home and meet staff as well as taking part in activities and enjoying homemade coffee and cakes.
General manager Kathy Cleaver said: “The estate dates back all the way to 1793 and during its life has been a stately hall, a church and an orphanage for boys.
“It was first converted into a care home 25 years ago, with the current owners taking over in 2004.
“Since then we have not looked back and are proud of our reputation as one of the best care homes in the country and, more importantly, for creating a family environment that strives to give our residents their independence."
She encouraged people to take part in the celebrations by adding: “Hoar Cross has always played a major role in the community and we want people to see how we operate as a care home.
“We’re keen to see former workers, family and friends of relatives and anyone who wants to see what we do and how we do it.
“The cakes and refreshments are set to be made by catering manager Sharon Wright and Jenny Billings – the latter has been a cook here since 1988.”
Hoar Cross Nursing Home, which is rated excellent by the Care Quality Commission, is set within two acres of landscaped grounds in rural East Staffordshire.
Ms Cleaver said a big focus is on maintaining the individual’s independence, with a dedicated team of coordinators arranging daily activities, experiences and trips out.
These range from exercise classes and live music performance to woodland walks and holistic massages.
She said: “2013 has been a big year for Hoar Cross and we are on course to beat our best ever fund-raising efforts, with £3,500 raised to date. This includes £400 generated at the recent coffee morning for Macmillan.”
Hoar Cross’ commitment to developing its staff reaches another milestone next month with Kathy and Lorraine Penlington picking up their HND in management and leadership in health and social care.