Residents settle into new care home
RESIDENTS have settled into a brand new £5 million care home in a development which marks a new era for Monkscroft.
September has seen 80 residents move into the purpose-built building, which has sprung up on the former site of Monkscroft Primary School, which was demolished two years ago.
Karen Cummings, general manager of Monkscroft Care Centre, said they were pleased with the set-up.
She said: "The building is fantastic. It's purpose-built. We have got nice white corridors, spacious lounges and nice dining areas.
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"There is a lot of space and beautiful landscaped gardens. There are 80 beds, but they are split into four units and each one has a designated courtyard and garden. The residents are settling in well."
The residents have moved from both Arle House, in Village Road, Hester's Way, and Ellerslie in Pittville.
The new home, run by The Orders of St John Care Trust, offers both nursing and dementia care.
"The dementia units have sensors for when residents get up in the night. They are movement-controlled so the light will come on in their room. It helps them and also alerts the staff," added Mrs Cummings.
All of the rooms are en-suite and each unit has its own dining area.
Links are also being made with the community, with managers in contact with Age UK, based in Hester's Way Resource Centre, the Alzheimer's Society and Hester's Way library.
"We are very keen to work with the community and once we have settled, we will start getting the residents out and about. We have got a bus which we can take residents out in," Mrs Cummings said.
The primary school closed its doors for the last time in July 2008 after a schools adjudicator ruled it had no future in 2006.
He said falling pupil numbers and a refusal to link up with any other primaries meant it would be impossible to maintain teaching standards.
Cheltenham Borough Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing and safety, said: "With Cheltenham's ageing population it's nice to see that there is investment in facilities in the local neighbourhood.
"I'm sad we had to lose the school but it's good the site has not been abandoned. I'm pleased for local residents."