December 6th might well be the celebration of St Nicholas but the day also saw celebrations at the local care home, The Pines.
The well-known Hove care home, recently taken over by Gracewell Healthcare, also celebrated its 25th anniversary. £25000 has been spent on the refurbishment and The Pines continues to provide a home for 35 residents, all of whom have their own en-suite accommodation, some also have especially adapted showers in their bathrooms.
For many years The Pines has had exceptionally good relations with the local community. There is even a Friends of The Pines community group where residents are invited into local homes for afternoon tea or go out together for shopping and library visits as well as other activities.
Talking about the anniversary at The Pines, Joan Parkinson, on behalf of The friends of The Pines said: ‘Some of us have been supporting the home for many years now and it’s wonderful to see the continuing care and dedication of all the care staff.’
The new improvements that have been made to The Pines include the introduction of a delicious new menu that has been planned to give excellent nutritional standards. Residents will be able to select healthy salads, warming homemade soup as well as wonderful meat and vegetarian options. All dietary requirements can be catered for. A recent CQC report commended the staff at The Pines for their sympathetic and individual approach to the residents and noted that all patients’ wishes were written down so that they could be adhered to.
As well as an opening by Brighton & Hove Mayor, Bill Randall The Pines is also hosting an exhibition put together by The Friends of The Pines that looks over the last 25 years of the home. The home is keen to welcome all members of the local community. Home manager Debra McDonald said about the new look home, ‘ The fantastic refurbishment has really brought the home up to date and enhanced what has always been a lovely, peaceful and calm environment – and also somewhere where people can have fun.’ Ms McDonald added, I hope lots of the local community drop in to see what we’ve done and to see how the area has changed in the last 25 years.’
Many older people choose to relocate to the South coast and the interaction of a local care home with the community as a whole can only be regarded as a bonus. The famous conservatory at the home will still be a popular venue for residents and their families and friends to talk listen to music and indulge in a whole host of other activities. St Nicholas is renowned as a bringer of gifts and the celebrations at The Pines can be regarded as the icing on the cake.
Gracewell Healthcares Facebook page will be featuring the latest news and photos from the opening.