Staff and residents at Bowbridge Court care home have been delighted to unveil their latest home upgrade; a traditional British railway station featuring facilities such as a bench seating area, classic luggage with a porter’s trolley and even bespoke decorations and signs to really get the feel of being track-side on the platform.
The Newark care home has designed the countryside themed station to provide a dedicated outlet for residents to reminisce on fond holiday memories and also to provide a wonderful space to relax, read and enjoy a cup of tea whist ‘travelling in style’ to wonderful locations across the UK.
The design and installation of the station has been a group effort, with residents and staff working together to decide on a theme as well as choosing the finer details, such as the realistic looking wall mural, during monthly committee meetings.
The railway room comes as just one of many improvement projects undertaken by the care home over recent months, as they have just been crowned regional winners of the Ideal ‘Gardens in Bloom’ competition. The annual contest encourages both staff and residents to work together to embrace their love of the great outdoors by devising and implementing an exciting garden revamp.
Residents and train enthusiasts, Tony Smalley and Tom Parish, were delighted with the new railway feature and have already spent lots of time at the station discussing trips they have taken throughout their lives. Tony said, ‘I am so impressed with how our new Bowbridge Station has turned out. The special extra touches the staff have included such as the model train display really were a brilliant extra touch! I have visited the railway room frequently and I am pleased to be able to share stories of my travels with the staff!’.
Home Manager, Claire Gordon-Rundle, said, ‘I am so happy with how our latest renovation project has turned out. We have had so much fun building, designing and creating the space and to now see our residents enjoying the railway room is the icing on the cake! I am very proud of my team for helping to make this happen, it really is just another way our staff go above and beyond for their residents’.
Regional Director, Gaynor Smart-McCann, who has been a driving force for the railway room, said ‘Bowbridge Station is such a marvellous place. It provides a wonderful space for our residents to visit and relax in – especially those who are fond of walking around our home, the station provides a real sense of destination which is great to see’.
Bowbridge Court, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home boasting a hair salon, cinema room and spacious lounges overlooking landscaped sensory gardens. All 54 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible. For more information about Bowbridge Court, contact Claire on 01636 605 528 or visit www.idealcarehomes.co.uk