55 jobs created at new Hailsham care home

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An 87 year old became a celebrity for the day when she joined the Mayor of Hailsham to open a new care home.

Stella Allen was the first resident to move into Bowes House in Battle Road.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, who cut the ribbon to delare the new home open, said she was pleased the heritage site, which was once a brewery, had been preserved.

The care home has employed 55 people from the local area and there will be more employment opportunities as the number of residents increases.

Stella, who opened the home, said: “It is wonderful here.

“Everyone is very kind and everything is done to make you happy.”

The home has 90 beds for older people who need personalised nursing, residential, and respite care.

A team will also provide specialist support for people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Mike Parish, the chief executive of Care UK, said he was delighted to attend the opening of the care home.

A harpist, pianist and magician entertained visitors at the official opening.

Children were able to cuddle guinea pigs which are pets at Bowes House.

Mary Laxton’s 86-year-old mother Alma Gunston was moving into Bowes House after watching the home being built.

Alma is currently in another nursing home but her daughter said she has sent out cards to all her friends saying she will be moving back to Hailsham.

Mary said: “We have watched Bowes House being built and I have always promised mum that when it was built she would come here.

“I was the first person through the door when they started taking enquiries.”

The care home has quirky features including a Fanny Craddock kitchen.

Mary added: “Mum has dementia and nursing needs but she knows she is coming and she can’t wait to get into the Fanny Cradock kitchen.

“She was a cook with Age Concern for 20 years and a member of the Woman’s Institute for 20-plus years, too.”

For more information about the care home visit its website at http://www.careuk.com/bowes-house.

If you would like to speak to someone about the new care home you can also call them on 03332 228 690.