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ITV News features Angela Rippon at Foxburrow Grange Opening

Date: Friday 5th July 2013 End Date: Friday 5th July 2013 Location: Foxburrow Grange, Ypres Road, Colchester

Angela Rippon, who is co-chair of the Dementia Friendly Communities Champion Group and an Alzheimer’s Society ambassador, was the guest of honour at the official opening of Foxburrow Grange earlier today. At the event, Angela Rippon spoke about her own experiences to ITV Anglian News, click here to see more.

Sir Bob Russell, the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester and pupils from Montgomery Junior School were just some of the other guests who attended the official opening of new care home in Colchester.

Foxburrow Grange has taken four years from planning to opening its doors but the time and effort have been worth it.  The two-storey home occupies over 3,500m2 ft and all rooms have high ceilings and large windows. In fact, each bedroom (with en-suite shower room) measures a generous 20m2 and this, plus thoughtful interior design, create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

On the ground floor there are 30 bedrooms for residents with dementia; all of their rooms are fitted with the latest Dementia Safe system so they can be attended to if there’s a problem day or night, while maximising their privacy.  To keep it feeling more like home the ground floor rooms have been divided into two smaller ‘families’ of 15, each one is completely self-sufficient, with its own kitchen, lounge and dining area.

At the event Penny Taylor, Chief Executive, Outlook Care said:  “Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society.  As one in three people will develop dementia in the future, we need to work together to raise awareness and understanding.  It is estimated that the number of people in within the geographical area of Essex, Southend and Thurrock is currently more than 22,000.”

Angela Rippon, who unveiled the home’s commemorative plaque at the event, summed-up what Foxburrow Grange meant to the wider community, said:  “It’s good to see care homes like Foxburrow Grange setting such a high standard of care for people with dementia.  I’m also delighted to see the way in which Foxburrow is placing itself at the centre of the community, involving schools and local social groups, and creating its own dementia friendly community.”

But Foxburrow Grange is more than just a home, it’s a community hub.  The importance of such hubs was highlighted last year by Baroness Greengross, Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre UK:  “The care home of the future must be situated within the community it serves. Care homes should be considered less as a series of physical buildings and more as a model for delivering specialist care within a wider community.”

Foxburrow Grange’s hub is already up and running.  There’s free Wifi and daily newspapers and local residents are all welcome. There is a beauty salon and spa which can be booked by non-residents.

To find out more about Foxburrow Grange and to view the video tour, please click here.

To book a visit please just contact us and we’ll be in touch.