Nightingale Hammerson opens doors to pioneering £38m Jewish care home in North London

Nightingale Hammerson has opened a £38m care home for Jewish residents in Hampstead, North London after three years of redevelopment. Hammerson House provides 116

bedrooms arranged in small clusters over four floors to create ‘households’ each with their own lounges, library space, kitchen areas and resident dining. Each household also has a winter terrace,

‘multi-sensory’ (Namaste) room, while every floor has a spa bathroom, which supports the work of the therapy department. The six households each specialise in

different care provisions for residential, nursing and dementia care. All bedrooms have ensuite wet rooms,

ergonomically designed furniture and specialist beds to make life as comfortable and practical for residents. As well as being home to its residents, Hammerson House is designed to play an important part within the community and will continue the pioneering work in intergenerational care offered by its sister home, Nightingale House in South London.

An inter-generational space for local

nursery children will allow them to come together with the care home’s residents. Hammerson House will work with a variety

of local nurseries and primary schools in North London to provide daily interaction with children to boost residents’ cognitive and physical stimulation, and self-worth through sharing their experiences and helping children. Residents will be offered a full programme

of activities such as theatre and shopping trips with a particular focus on providing cognitive stimulation through group sessions, such as conversational French and discussion groups. Residents will get to hone their creative

skills with the engagement team, working with clay, textiles, cookery and art and there will be a regular selection of musical events and concerts on offer. In addition, the care home includes

extensive mixed-use space, such as an events hall for internal and external functions, café, hairdresser, shop, physiotherapy and primary care suite. It also features on-site hotel services with

commercial catering and laundry plus offices and meeting space for the charity. Hammerson House was built by construction contractor Bowmer & Kirkland with design input from P+HS Architects.

Morris Care’s Cherry Trees dementia household blossoms in Shrewsbury

Morris Care has opened a dementia household at its Radbrook nursing home in Shrewsbury. Cherry Trees has been designed and

decorated to provide a haven for memory care with its 14 ensuite bedrooms leading to themed areas for socialising and relaxation. Gallery walls have been designed to

conjure up familiar and friendly scenes such as family holidays on the south coast. A dining room has been created and

decorated to resemble the original Morris Café, which sat at the top of nearby Pride Hill. Here, afternoon tea will be served bringing

back happy memories for residents, along with a number of lively events including food demonstrations Part of the brief when designing the new

household was to create spaces where residents living with dementia could reminisce and remember and to provide them with interesting and sensory stimulation. One such item is the Morris Shop, a

physical wooden shop front inlaid into the fabric of the household - handmade by the company’s Joinery Workshop - where residents will see familiar items on display

from a Monopoly board from the 1960s to a vintage camera and photographs. The open plan kitchen and dining room

have patio doors leading into a patio garden. Residents can enjoy fresh air and birdsong as well as taking part in the ritual of planting seasonal vegetables and herbs, which are used in dishes cooked for diners. Elsewhere, there is a potting shed in one

corner complete with blooms and welly rack for residents to take out into the garden. The residents themselves named and

christened the new household, Cherry Trees. To celebrate the name, a cherry tree has been planted to feature as a centrepiece in the patio garden. “We are so pleased with how the new household has come together in terms of specialism, comfort and imagination.

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Our ambition from the outset has been to create a dementia household known for contentment, security and for living life to the fullest it can be,” said Morris Care chief executive Lucy Holl. Staff have meanwhile benefitted from

comprehensive bespoke training delivered by professional external trainer, Clive Ireland, from Training Solutions & Developments. The intensive programme, which adheres

to the key principles of Morris Care’s ‘Cedar Philosophy’, focusses on personal wellbeing as well as clinical nursing requirements, aiming to reduce anxiety and stress. It aims to provide therapeutic benefits

with innovative, creative ideas tailored to each individual’s needs, medical background and life story. Morris Care said this training empowers

staff with the maximum knowledge and understanding of caring for those living with memory loss. “It encompasses the full life journey for

these residents and provides the guidance, practical strategies and abilities to deliver genuine person-centred care,” the care provider added.


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