A new purpose-built luxury care home near Preston has opened and welcomed its first resident.
Ribble Court Care Home in Much Hoole is a new 53-bed home providing a mix of luxury residential care and specialist/complex nursing care.
The home, the sixth in the Sandstone Care Group, will be creating up to 80 jobs when the home is fully occupied.
Manager Samantha Smith has welcomed the home’s first resident, Geoff Dunnings, a retired local policeman.
Samantha said: “We’re delighted that our new high-quality, purpose-built home is now open and that Geoff is our first resident. We’ve been enjoying his stories about living in the area, his love of golf, which he used to play at Penwortham Golf Course and his life with his family.
“We’re looking forward to the home becoming an important part of the vibrant Much Hoole community.”
Geoff, 87, who is married to Joan with whom he has three children and three grandchildren, moved into Ribble Court after finding it hard to cope at home on his own.
A former policeman, he worked for Lancashire Constabulary as a Traffic Officer in Hutton until he retired.
He said: “When I was living on my own at home I found that I had too many decisions to make, even down to what to eat and what to watch. It was too much. I’m now enjoying living at Ribble Court Care Home because I have no responsibilities and I can just relax and do what I want to do.”
Ribble Court Care Home is the sixth home in the Sandstone Care portfolio. Other homes include Longridge Hall and Fleetwood Hall, both in Lancashire, St Helens Hall in Merseyside, The Oaks in Newtown, Wales and Oak Springs in Liverpool.
The home is recruiting for a number of staff including experienced nurses, care assistants and a kitchen assistant.