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Latest OSJCT care home opens in Wiltshire

Warminster, 25 November 2014

Wiltshire's Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Troughton receives a gift from resident Mrs Margaret Mason

Wiltshire’s Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Troughton receives a gift from resident Mrs Margaret Mason

As she declared open the Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) Ashwood Care Centre, Warminster on 25 November, HM Lord Lieutenant for Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton, paid tribute to the care the Trust provides to older people and in particular to dementia sufferers. On her tour around the 82-bed Home, Mrs Troughton was intrigued with the special design elements created in the dementia care programme: a fifties-style cinema, a sweet shop, even a hairdressing salon with an enormous hairdryer – all items from bygone days with which the residents feel at home.

The individual is at the centre of this innovative care programme and a stimulating development is the inclusion of an interior design team in the Home’s planning. Corporate Developments Manager Tim Plant explains: ‘We aim to give the residents a voice through design. This is their home and we want them to feel comfortable in it, with familiar colours and objects around them.’ Research has shown that appropriately designed environments make a huge different to the serenity and contentment of residents. 

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