Published: Sunday 13th November 2016
The Mayor of Kirklees officially reopened Ashworth Grange in Dewsbury this week, after the home completed a series of exciting renovations. Councillor Jim Dodds enjoyed the Remembrance Day activities and war time singer to celebrate the occasion with residents and visitors alike.
Councillor Dodds was treated to a tour of the facilities and stopped for refreshments and a chat with staff and residents. He cut the ribbon and announced the new unit as officially open, whilst commenting that he is awaiting his invitation to the next pop-up restaurant! He said. “It is a pleasure to be invited to officially reopen Ashworth Grange. The facilities at the home are second to none and it was great to meet with the people who live there, and are obviously enjoying the active lifestyle that the home provides. I will certainly visit again to sample some more of the delicious cakes from the tea room!”.
Many local care professionals and friends of the home also attended the event and were bowled over by the renovations including tea room, Annie’s Café, which is already turning out to be the social hub of the home. They were delighted to see the traditional sweet shop open for residents, and gave the updated library their seal of approval.
The home also has a newly refurbished unit and other updated areas throughout for residents and their visitors to enjoy, and the reopening of the unit marks an important milestone in plans for the home. Ideal Carehomes, which operates Ashworth Grange, has put in place a programme of improvement for the home, including a new management team, robust staff recruitment and training and a new Regional Activities Executive creating aspirational lifestyle choices for residents.
New Home Manager, Alison Bulmer, explained how thrilled she is with the renovations at the home. She said “Ashworth Grange really is a great place to live. The residents are already enjoying using the tea room as a lovely place to welcome their family and friends, and our monthly dementia café will really benefit the local community. I am so pleased with the new look of the home, and our fantastic staff team are making such a difference for our residents. It really is a pleasure to show visitors round our beautiful home.”
Ashworth Grange has 64 en-suite bedrooms and offers residential and dementia care with highly trained staff who assist residents to remain independent. Breaking down the pre-conceived perceptions of care home life, their residents enjoy an active social environment with events, trips and daily activities on offer.