MP opens nursing home’s new dementia care unit

Coppice Court opening and new dementia unit (formerly Kestrel House). Stephen Lloyd MP cuts the tape helped by residents Joan Cole, 90, and Philip Evans, 88.
Coppice Court opening and new dementia unit (formerly Kestrel House). Stephen Lloyd MP cuts the tape helped by residents Joan Cole, 90, and Philip Evans, 88.

A NURSING centre has celebrated a £500,000 facelift and opened a dementia ward.

Coppice Court in Willingdon Road, formerly Kestrel House, officially opened last Friday (February 18), showcasing its new 26-bed dementia ward alongside its refurbished 26-bed palliative care unit.

Stephen Lloyd MP cut the ribbon with help from 90-year-old resident Joan Cole and 88-year-old Philip Evans.

Staff at the nursing centre have all been specially trained in dealing with dementia.

Senior activity co-ordinator Gill Cordingly said, “It’s brighter because the lighting has all been changed.

“They’ve put money into activities for the residents and into doing up the garden.”

Mr Lloyd said the refurbishment, paid for by BUPA, has created a home both residents and staff can be proud of.

He said, “I have known many of the staff at Coppice Court for years. Their standards of care for residents have always been high.”

For more information about the nursing centre and its services call 431199.