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Newly Opened Houghton Regis Care Home Welcomes First Residents

Married couple of over 40 years, Mary and Terence (Terry) Jeater, were welcomed to brand-new luxury care home, Thorn Springs, recently, as its first ‘founding residents’.

Founding residents at Thorn Springs, operated by Ideal Carehomes, benefit from a discounted all-inclusive fee, and are involved in establishing the new home. This gives them the opportunity to help create new menus and plan activities and trips, alongside the care home’s brand-new team of care staff, managers and their very own activities co-ordinator.

84-year-old Mary and 90-year-old Terence used to live together in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, but later moved to the cathedral city of St Albans before moving into Thorn Springs in Houghton Regis.

Former shop representative and florist, Mary, describes herself as ‘social and chatty’, loves spending time arranging flowers, and being with her family.

Terry, a former self-employed plumber, worked until the age of 82 and loves to travel. He said, ‘I loved my job, and that I worked for myself’.

Mary and Terry have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Although they’ve spent time travelling the world to places like Hong Kong, Thailand and Bali, they’re favourite holiday destination is Hayling Island in Hampshire.

The pair moved to Thorn Springs for respite care and have both been enjoying their time relaxing together. Terry said, ‘When we first came to see Thorn Springs, I felt it suited us and our family liked it. I love the staff – they are all so charming and helpful. We’ve enjoyed taking to time to relax and heal.’    

During their time at Thorn Springs, Mary and Terry have spent time taking part in craft sessions, pet therapy sessions and watching their favourite films and TV shows together.

Katie Hughes, the Home Manager at Thorn Springs, said, ‘We are so happy to have opened the doors to our home, and it is a privilege to welcome Mary and Terry as our founding residents.

‘It was important for everyone in our team to make sure that Mary and Terry received a very warm welcome and felt settled in right away, and I think our small ribbon cutting ceremony really set the tone for how our team approach person centred care. I look forward to welcoming more new residents over the next few months and creating lots of memories with our Thorn Springs family!’

Thorn Springs is a luxury residential and dementia care home operated by Ideal Carehomes. With 66 en-suite bedrooms, the Thorn Springs care team deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible.

For more information, call Thorn Springs on 01582 218 560, email or visit