OSJCT's newest care development was opened by Mrs Sarah Troughton, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, on 25 November 2014.
Mrs Troughton was welcomed to Ashwood Care Centre by OSJCT Chairman Don Wood. She was shown around the home by General Manager, Sarah Hill.
Ashwood offers dementia and nursing care to older people, and has 82 spacious, single en suite bed-sitting rooms. The care centre has been designed around OSJCT's innovative "household" model, which provides a cosy, "domestic" feel, whilst offering the most modern facilities for the comfort and well-being of residents. Mrs Troughton, accompanied by the High Sheriff, Peter Addington and his wife, the Mayor & Mayoress of Warminster, and Cllr Roy Wilde, Chair of Wiltshire Council, visited the "street scene", which includes a cinema, tea room and hairdressing salon. The VIP party was then taken to Cherry household, where they met some residents engaged in a painting activity, and helped others in the lounge with a particularly tricky jigsaw!
The visitors also had the opportunity to speak with the construction and design teams to learn more about the rationale behind some of the special features incorporated into the facilities.
Resident Pauline Burdge invited Mrs Troughton to see her bedroom and chatted about how much she enjoys life at Ashwood.
After the tour, the VIP party joined other guests in a marquee in the courtyard for a short Service of Blessing. After a short speech of thanks from Don Wood, to everyone who had been involved in bringing the project to fruition, Mrs Troughton was invited to unveil the commemorative plaque. Margaret Mason, another resident of Ashwood, then presented Mrs Troughton with a small gift of appreciation on behalf of the residents.
A celebratory afternoon tea, much enjoyed by all present, rounded off a very special and enjoyable occasion!