Television presenter Fiona Phillips was the guest of honour this week at the opening of a new £11m Hallmark care home in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, Fiona, cut the ribbon in front of 100 guests as part of Chamberlain Court Care Home’s official grand launch.
As part of the 72 bed residential and dementia care home’s special event, guests were invited to view the home’s state of the art facilities, which includes a £50,000 cinema, hairdressers, barbers, therapy room and café.
Other design innovations at the home include; a walk in and musical therapy bath, a celebrations room which can be reserved for functions, an outdoor activity room and an aviary.
The afternoon event which was attended by local businesses and care professionals alike was culminated by speeches, a ribbon cutting ceremony and buffet lunch in the homes unique celebrations restaurant on the third floor of the home with an adjoining terrace.
Speaking at the launch, Fiona described the new home as “one big community where care and passion runs throughout.
“It is a joyous place already! The workers are wonderful and it is amazing to see such passion and enthusiasm for good care. It’s like a lovely hotel but the workers make it a home!
“It is a community already and it is important to acknowledge the impact and importance of that, especially when it comes to the care of older people who can often feel isolated.”
Hallmark Care Homes managing director, Avnish Goyal said: “I am delighted that Chamberlain Court Care Home in Royal Tunbridge Wells is now officially open and welcome all of our new team into the Hallmark care home family.
“I am proud of everyone who has been involved in the building and opening of the care home, including Goldfinch Developments and the team involved in the grand launch.
“We are looking forward to making Chamberlain Court a part of the community providing outstanding care for residents in the future, enabling them to live life to the full.”
General manager at Chamberlain Court Care Home, Mark McDonald said: “I am so proud to be part of the team who have grouped together and have made Chamberlain Court the beautiful home that it is today.
“At Hallmark Care Homes we take pride in our reputation of providing high-quality relationship-centred care to the residents and I am excited to be able to lead the team here at Chamberlain Court and encourage the team to continue showing the enthusiasm and passion that they have shown in the weeks leading up to this grand launch event.
“We hope to be a well-respected member of the Royal Tunbridge Wells community and I am excited to welcome our first residents into the home so they can experience the amazing care that I know we will provide.”