A BRAND NEW care home has opened its doors on the former-site of a pub on Lea Road in Gainsborough.
Drovers Call care home finally threw open its doors after over three years of planning and construction.
The care home, owned by Knights Care, is a purpose-built facility that now provides residential, nursing, and dementia care, as well chiropody, physiotherapy, an opticians service, hairdressers and religious services.
The home’s matron Julia Buck said it was wonderful to finally see it open to residents.
“I used to drink at the Drovers Call back in the 1970s,” said Julia. “When I came for my interview here I said ‘there used to be a pub call Drovers Call in Gainsborough once’, and they said ‘you’re standing on it’.”
The pub has been torn down and a 60 bed care home put in its place, and Julia said that it was a great feeling to be opening a care home while so many others around the country were closing.
“This is what I’ve always wanted,” she said. “It’s a privilege and I’m very lucky. The facilities here are fantastic – it’s more like a hotel with nurses than a home.”
“All of our rooms are en-suites and we also have rooms for relatives to use when visiting. We’ve got seven lounges which are all different for a bit of variety and I’m going to make one of them into a cinema room to play black and white movies so the residents can reminisce.”
She continued: “I’d also like to change one of them into a pub because it’s got a lovely hard wood floor and would be something nice for everyone. We’ve got a fantastic decking area outside too.”
“It’s just lovely to have a brand new home with big wide corridors and spaces and fantastic facilities and an excellent team. Lots of our staff have a great deal of experience from other nursing homes and we have a lot of great ideas.”
Julia added: “We have great nursing care here and we’ve got a physiotherapist coming on board which a lot of nursing homes don’t have and is paramount if someone has had a stroke. It’s going to be very homely but busy here with lots of activities going on.”
Knights Care MD Adam Knight added: “It just feels amazing – to open this care home is a dream come true for us. We’ve built a care home for the future and filled it with fantastic staff with a wealth of experience.”
The very first resident at Drovers Call is 85-year-old Cathy Cordell.
“I’ve only just moved in but it’s very nice here,” she said.
“They are very friendly and helpful. My room and the facilities are very lovely indeed.”
She added: “The staff have been very welcoming and can’t do enough for me.”