Resident helps launch Henley home

106-year-old resident Eileen was the guest of honour at the opening of a new £8.5 million Hallmark care home in Henley-on-Thames.

Eileen Symonds, Hallmark’s oldest resident, who lives at Kew House Care Home in Wimbledon, cut the ribbon in front of 150 interested guests as part of Henley Manor Care Home’s official grand launch event.

As part of the 80-bed residential, dementia and nursing care home’s special event, guests were invited to view the home’s state of the art facilities, which include a cinema, luxurious hair salon, farmhouse kitchen, therapy room and café.

Other design innovations at the home include a walk-in therapy bath, a clubhouse which can be reserved for functions and a sensory room to support people living with dementia.

Meanwhile outside there is an outdoor putting green, aviary, greenhouse, living wall and water wall surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens.

Ram Goyal, Hallmark Care Homes managing director, says: “I am delighted that Henley Manor Care Home in Henley-on-Thames is now officially open and we welcome all of our new team into the Hallmark Care Homes family.

“I am proud of everyone who has been involved in the building and opening of the care home, including the Savista Developments Team and the team involved in the grand launch.

“We are looking forward to making Henley Manor a part of the community providing high-quality care for residents in the future, enabling them to live life to the full.”

Avnish Goyal, chair of Hallmark Care Homes and managing director of Savista Developments, says: “We are delighted to have completed our first Savista project and to have officially opened Henley Manor Care Home to the public.

“We have many new projects in the pipeline, and we are looking forward to creating more beautiful environments to enhance the quality of life for those looking for care.

“Henley Manor provides innovative solutions to care and a lot of consideration has gone into this home to ensure we are meeting the ever-changing needs of future residents.”

Liz Clements, general manager at Henley Manor Care Home, adds: “I am so proud to be part of the team who have grouped together and have made Henley Manor the beautiful home that it is today.

“At Hallmark Care Homes we take pride in our reputation of providing high-quality relationship-centred care to the residents and I am excited to be able to lead the team here at Henley Manor and encourage the team to continue showing the enthusiasm and passion that they have shown in the weeks leading up to this grand launch event.

“We hope to be a well-respected member of the Henley-on-Thames community and I am excited to welcome our first residents into the home so they can experience the amazing care that I know we will provide.”