Care home tour prior to opening

Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for adult care, takes a look at one of th

Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for adult care, takes a look at one of the new bedrooms at Hartismere Place, with Paddock House residents Alfie Elliott and Eva Fish and (standing) Hartismere Place home manager Cathryn Weed and Care UK regional director Phillip Steyn. - Credit: Archant

The ninth of 10 new care homes to be opened in Suffolk as part of a £60 million investment has been given the once over by its future residents.

Residents, relatives and Care UK colleagues outside the new Hartismere Place care home following the

Residents, relatives and Care UK colleagues outside the new Hartismere Place care home following their preview visit. - Credit: Archant

From October, Hartismere Place will provide nursing, residential and dementia care for up to 60 people in Eye – replacing the town’s Paddock House – with flexible day care provided in the adjacent Hartismere Club.

The development is part of Care UK’s project to build 10 new care homes for 60-80 residents after taking over Suffolk County Council’s 16 homes in December 2012.

Since then, four of the firm’s new homes – Mildenhall Lodge, Mills Meadow in Framlingham, Britten Court in Lowestoft and Davers Court in Bury St Edmunds – have each been told they ‘require improvement’ by Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors.

New admissions were temporarily suspended just over a month after Mildenhall Lodge opened in July last year. That month, new admissions were also put on hold a few weeks after Asterbury Place opened in Ipswich. Both suspensions have been lifted since construction began last September on Hartismere Place, in Castleton Way, where Suffolk County Council’s adult care chief, Beccy Hopfensperger, was also shown round by manager, Cathryn Weed.

Residents, as well as some of their relatives, were said to be excited to take a first look at the style of furnishings for their new rooms, as well as one of the new dining rooms and lounges.

The facilities in their new home, once finished, will also include a coffee shop, hair salon and cinema.

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Care UK regional director, Phillip Steyn said: “We were delighted to share this moment with residents from Paddock House, who are very much looking forward to settling in to their new home this autumn.”

Hartismere Place, built behind the Hartismere Health and Care building, will be a part of Eye’s community health village.

Mrs Hopfensperger said: “It’s wonderful to join the residents as they tour their new home. There are some great facilities on offer and the rooms look fresh, modern and comfortable. I’m excited for the residents who are due to move in this autumn.”

Care UK is currently recruiting and training the care home and day club teams, while the site’s manager gets to know the residents and their relatives before the moving process takes place over several days in October.

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