Hallmark unveils £450,000 care home refurbishment


Farmhouse kitchen, potting shed and therapy rooms among new facilities at Admiral Court in Essex

Hallmark Care Homes’ facility in Leigh on Sea, Essex, has undergone a £450,000 refurbishment.

Admiral Court, which provides residential, dementia, and nursing care, recently held tours for over 50 guests to reveal the new facilities for its 60 residents.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Southend, Councillor John Lamb; George Pearl, the chairman of the Southend Dementia Action Alliance; and Hallmark Care Homes’ head of relationship-centred care, April Dobson. The latter also presented the home with two dementia awards during the event – a dementia friendly award from the council, and an Outstanding Relationship Centred Home in Dementia Award for achieving all outcomes of Hallmark Care Homes’ Together Dementia Strategy.

Following the revamp, the home’s facilities now include a farmhouse kitchen, which will encourage residents to get more involved at mealtimes; an indoor potting shed; and an upgraded café, hairdressers, therapy room and pub.

The refurbishment includes the introduction of a potting shed

The refurbishment includes the introduction of a potting shed

The cinema room has also had an extensive refurbishment with the introduction of £22,000 audio visual package which includes sports and movies provided by SKY TV.

General manager, Susan Cruse, said: "The refurbishment will make a huge difference to the residents’ lives at Admiral Court.

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“We have new facilities and our existing facilities have been upgraded to enhance choice and opportunities within the home. We are proud to have such an amazing environment."