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Handsale ready to worship Priesty Fields care home opening

Handsale ready to worship Priesty Fields care home opening

Care provider Handsale is to cut the ribbon on its £15m Priesty Fields luxury care home in Cheshire on 15 November.

The Congleton development will offer 78 ensuite bedrooms, along with a gastropub, farmers’ market, cinema, spa, salon, gym, library, private dining room, garden lounge and GP office.

The innovative physical structure of the building will be tailored to suit the specific needs of people requiring continuous care, with enticing communal areas that encourage independence and stimulate the senses being included in the design.

Positioning itself as an interactive and inviting community hub, Priesty Fields’ holistic approach will take into account peoples’ physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing.

“We hope the communal areas will provide the perfect environment for stories to be told and friendships to be forged - creating a strong sense of community within the home,” said Handsale care director Rishi Sodha.

The home will also be sustainable, being built with a heat recovery system and environmentally friendly lighting for low energy consumption - aligning with the wider environmental objectives of Hansdale.

Biophilic ‘living walls’ and natural wood, stone, and glass features will help to enhance mental wellbeing, while its human-centric interior design will provide an authentic and homely atmosphere.

VIP guests will be in attendance at the celebratory opening day event next month to greet the new residents on arrival, including Congleton mayor Cllr. Denis Murphy, who will take lead in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are absolutely delighted we now have an official opening date in the diary. All the staff here at Priesty Fields can’t wait to welcome the new residents with open arms and create a truly comfortable and thriving care environment for them - where they can maintain their independence and continue to live fulfilling lives,” said Sodha.

Priesty Fields will become the ninth home operated by Handsale, which runs eight residential and nursing care homes across England, Scotland and Wales.

Belgian real estate investment trust outfit Aedifica agreed to acquire Priesty Fields last year.


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