SOLIHULL’S new Royal Star and Garter home has scooped an award for its design and contribution to the well-being of residents in care.
The home, which opened last August, won the Elderly Care (more than 60 beds) category in the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2009 – acknowledging the joint effort made by designers, architects, owners of care homes, hospitals and other care schemes to the well-being and quality of life for those in care.
Chief executive of the Royal Star and Garter charity, Mike Barter, said: “We are grateful to Pinders for this splendid award and recognition.”
The home is one of the first of its kind in the UK offering a specially-designed unit, The Roundel Wing, to meet the growing need to accommodate residents with dementia.
Providing residential care for over 60 disabled ex-service men and women, the home has 45 rooms (each with ensuite shower, toilet and wash-ing facilities) for residents requiring nursing care and 15 for those with dementia.
Facilities on offer include a large dining room, cafe and bar, therapy and activity rooms for group activities and exercise, a library and computer area, a hair and beauty salon and a large garden with separate sensory area all set in beautiful park surroundings.
Chief executive Mike Barter said: “We, and our residents, are delighted with the final result which encourages a relaxed and non-institutional atmosphere.”