New dementia wing is officially opened in Hailsham

Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley opens dementia unit at Bowes House Care Home in Hailsham.
Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley opens dementia unit at Bowes House Care Home in Hailsham.

A newly built wing for people with dementia has been officially opened at a care home in Hailsham.

Residents and the team at Bowes House in Battle Road welcomed friends, family and the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentleylast Wednesday (October 15), to declare the Meadow Unit open.

The Meadow Unit is a new specialist dementia floor at the care home.

Cllr Bentley, who performed the official opening by cutting the ribbon, said: “Bowes House has done a wonderful job by creating a new specialist dementia floor.

“The level of detail staff have gone into to look after the residents is wonderful and the new wing is not only modern, but bright, cheery and comfortable too.”

Bowes House, which provides dementia, nursing, residential and respite care for around 90 people was opened in June 2013, creating more than 50 new jobs in Hailsham and is part of the Care UK group of purpose-built homes.

Cllr Bentley said: “The opening of Bowes House last year provided a much needed boost to Hailsham in terms of jobs.

“I’m pleased with the willingness and determination the team have shown since the care home opened to recruit from the local area and to become part of the local community.

“I wish good luck to the wonderful team which will work in the new wing.”

Helena Barrow, home manager at Bowes House, said: “With dementia affecting 820,000 people in the UK and a startling 25 million people having a close friend or family member living with the condition, there is a real and pressing need for specialist care and support.

“We’re very pleased to be opening up this new unit, and look forward to welcoming residents of Hailsham to the home to meet our team and learn about the care we provide.”

For more information about Bowes House and the new unit, contact the care home on 03332 228 697 or visit the website at