The broadcaster and TV presenter Angela Rippon CBE, unveiled a plaque and declared Savernake View care home officially open at a ceremony and champagne lunch on Friday (June 23.)
Ms Rippon, who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and chairs a Prime Minister’s committee on dementia, told the town mayor, councillors, residents and relatives present:
“I want to celebrate the carers who do a fabulous job and don’t always get the credit, who take on the responsibility of looking after residents with dignity, love and friendship.”
John Storey, chief executive and founder of Porthaven Homes which built and runs Savernake View, explained how Porthaven aims to offer elderly residents excellent care, good nutrition, leisure and wellness programmes in beautiful buildings which are homes not institutions.
Savernake View opened for its first residents in August 2016 and provides 24-hour residential, nursing, dementia and respite care in 64 en suite rooms. There is a café, a private dining room, a residents’ kitchenette, a variety of lounges, a wellness and leisure room, landscaped gardens, and even a cinema.
In November 2016, the National Activity Provider Association awarded Savernake View the Best Activities Team Development Award for the activities it offered to residents.
After the ceremony residents and guests had the opportunity to meet and chat with Angela Rippon and Marlborough Mayor Mervyn Hall. Among those present were the very first resident welcomed into Savernake View, Tad Radley, and also Gloria Carey who is a frequent respite resident. Gloria said: “I love coming to stay here; there’s always something happening and the staff are now my friends.”
Music was provided by the 440 String Quartet featuring award winning graduates from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.
Sarah Marriott from Alzheimers Support and Alison Hesketh from Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) gave information on support offered and volunteer opportunities in the local area. They are keen for local businesses to join DAA in order to make the Marlborough community area ‘dementia friendly’. More information can be found here.