GMTV girl opens state-of-the-art care home

South Molton’s new care home is ‘better than a hotel’.

FORMER GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips spoke movingly as she officially opened a new state-of-the-art care home in South Molton on Friday.

Miss Phillips, a Patron of the Alzheimer’s Society, joined a crowd of around 150 guests for the opening of the multi-million pound 60-bed Eastleigh Care Home at Raleigh Mead.

She told them how she had seen many care homes in her time, in particular as she searched for suitable ones for her parents, both of whom were stricken by Alzheimer’s.

“This one is truly exceptional, but it is not just the appearance, it is the facilities as well,” she said.

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“This is a benchmark of what they should be. Some homes you would not want to live in – just because you are elderly of ill, why should you have to put up with that?”

Pupils from South Molton Junior School marked the occasion by placing a time capsule in the entrance of the new building, described as being “better than a hotel.”

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A spokesperson for Eastleigh Care Homes, which opened its first care home in the town in East Street in the early 1980s, said the new home was pushing boundaries in terms of care for elderly people.

The East Street home will become residential, while the new facility will offer nursing care, as well as a secure dementia suite.

Managing director Garry Wilson said: “This wonderful, lavish and superb home will specialise in offering professional, dedicated care for those suffering with dementia and other cognitive disabilities, while retaining a focus on outstanding nursing care.

“We are delighted to be the first home in the UK to provide an innovative lighting system that imitates the gradual shading of light from morning, through to the brilliance of midday, to the lustre of evening glow.

“Our fantastic home will also boast an avant-garde nurse call system designed to support residents to remain independent while feeling supported in their home.

“We are confident this will enable us to become a sector leader in care within the South West, and possibly the UK, and offer enhanced dementia care for our residents.”

The first residents, from South Molton as well as other parts of Devon and Somerset, were due to move in yesterday (Monday).

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