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Creating a homely environment for residents at just opened OSJCT Hayward Care Centre, Devizes

The ‘small household model’ provides a relaxed environment in dementia-specialist home

Devizes, 7 May 2015

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh opens OSJCT Haycroft Care Centre, Devizes

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh opens OSJCT Haycroft Care Centre, Devizes

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh today opened the 80-bed home, observing that, at almost 94, he is older than the Home’s oldest resident. His Royal Highness toured the Home, remarking on the ‘Fifties themed’ environment which residents delight in, chatting with many of them, and with staff and distinguished guests, his irrepressible sense of humour much enjoyed by all.

Chairman of the Orders of St John Homes Care Trust Don Wood, in welcoming the royal guest, noted that the building has been purpose built, offering a flexible environment which even includes a pub. OSJCT Care Manager Richard Hawes explained that the residents are involved in many aspects of life in the Home, including planning the menus ‘But these may or may not be fifties-style food!’ he added.

The Orders of St John Homes Care Trust (OSJCT) runs over 70 residential homes for old people in four counties, caring for 3500 with a staff of 4000. Dementia care is a special feature in many of the Homes.  

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