The team and residents at a facility where older people are cared for following a hospital stay marked a special anniversary last week.
A year ago Arbury Lodge, which is run by Sanctuary Care, opened its doors at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, which serves North Warwickshire, South West Leicestershire and North Coventry.
On Thursday (27 April) the team and those they care for at the unit, which supports people who are well enough to leave hospital but not well enough to return home, marked its first anniversary with a high tea party celebration.
Cared for over 140 people
Exactly 12 months after Arbury Lodge opened, in a previously disused hospital ward, the team has cared for 143 people enabling them to move into a warm and welcoming homely environment away from busy wards for up to six weeks whilst they continue to recuperate, ensuring the on-going support they need is put in place.
Sanctuary Care’s home manager Catherine Dewhurst said: “Twelve months on, my team and I are enormously proud of what we have achieved and to know we have had such a huge impact on the lives of so many people is really heart-warming. We are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with the hospital to provide what is an essential service that enables people to leave the busy hospital wards as soon as they are well enough – freeing up beds for people who need them most.”
“Five stars wouldn’t be enough!”
Arbury Lodge, which has 16 rooms, a lounge, dining room and patio, has had some wonderful feedback since it opened, with the daughter of one resident writing: “Five stars wouldn't be enough! What a fantastic facility for anyone leaving a hospital and not well enough to go home immediately.
“The care and nursing staff are brilliant, with the care and support provided faultless. I can't praise Arbury Lodge and everyone that works there enough. The six-week period provides valuable breathing space for both the patient and the family, enabling informed rather than rushed decisions to be made for the future. With a strong support mechanism in place, Arbury Lodge is there to help you every step of the way.”