Friday 16th January saw the High Street at Limewood transformed into a 1950s Street Party. Partnership organisations Choices Housing Association, Staffordshire County Council and The Wrekin Housing Trust gathered to celebrate the new dementia care home in central Stafford – part of the Northfield Village development off Stone Road.
Limewood is a purpose-designed care home for 59 residents with dementia, providing residential, nursing and respite care. Attached to the building is a reality street called the High Street, offering residents a safe place to wander down memory lane. With its cinema, pub, cafe , hairdresser and snug, a stroll along this street is like stepping back into the 1950s. Decoration throughout is packed with memorabilia, including retro radios, vintage china and a street lamp. The High Street is also open to the local community, providing a resource area for families struggling to come to terms with a dementia diagnosis.
Kicking off the event was choir Vocal Elite, of neighbouring Sir Graham Balfour High School. As guests arrived they were met with canapés and drinks, served from the Pub’s very own bar! At 12.30 Choices’ Managing Director Nigel Downs co-opened the building with county council Leader Philip Atkins. Cutting the red ribbon, and each saying a few words, the High Street was filled with applause (and even a few cheers!) Lunch was swiftly served by the on-site Catering Team, who embraced the theming of the street scene and created afternoon tea for 100 guests. Visitors then enjoyed looking round the High Street to the sounds of Vera Lynn and Glenn Miller playing from the cinema.
Speaking about the Grand Opening, one relative of a Limewood resident commented “I’m so glad to be here celebrating such a fantastic care service in Stafford. I can’t express what a change moving to Limewood has made to my mother, and our whole family. I hope these organisations will continue to work together to provide further outstanding projects for those suffering from dementia.”
Manager Sue Gibbs added, “Limewood is a truly incredible building, and one that will offer excellent care to 59 people with dementia. The adjacent High Street is a wonderful resource, enabling residents to re-live memories and enjoy an outing whilst safely supported by staff. The whole Northfield Village project will be a great addition of care provision for the people of Stafford.”
For more information about Limewood and the High Street, please call 01785 215 678 or visit www.choiceshousing.co.uk. To find out more about the Northfield Village development, visit www.northfieldvillage.co.uk