Sir Alan took a break from his work in the House of Commons to meet residents and staff at the Retirement Villages’ location.
“The Moat House is already home to 24 elderly people who receive round the clock care and support,” said Sir Alan. “To have this local service enhanced further with the creation of a state of the art care home is excellent for the county.
“As longevity increases, the need for this level of quality care becomes increasingly more significant and I congratulate Retirement Villages for wanting to create such a top class facility on our doorstep.”
Once complete, the care home will incorporate 60 en suite bedrooms grouped around four separate lounges and dining rooms. One suite of 15 rooms will specialise in dementia care. The new building also incorporates a clubhouse for the prospective residents of the extra care apartments being created in the second phase of redevelopment.
Jami Puckering, development director at Retirement Villages, added: “We have incorporated the most modern design methods and equipment to ensure residents and staff benefit from living and working in the highest quality setting.”
The Moat House is situated off Thaxted Road, on the outskirts of Great Easton.
Ipswich-based contractors ISG Jackson are building the new care home. The facility will be completed in summer 2011 with the first residents moving in shortly afterwards. For more details of what will be available, tel: 01371 870192 or visit: http://www.retirementvillages.co.uk/
Picture captions: Sir Alan Haselhurst (left) with Retirement Villages’ chief executive Jon Gooding admire The Moat House foundation stone in front of invited guests and residents.
Sir Alan meeting residents of The Moat House at the foundation stone unveiling
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