The astute amongst our subscribers will notice that we skipped a summer newsletter, my apologies, the final push to get the close care units completed took precedent and the newsletter was an unfortunate casualty!
Anyway we now finally have sign off from building control and with a Care Quality Commission visit to inspect them on Monday I hope we can finally begin to utilise these fantastic units.
Incidently for those who cannot visit so often the grounds have now been re-landscaped to follow the design sketched below, we're looking forward to our residents helping with the raised planters (possibly a herb garden?) as well as enjoying the new areas outside.
Below is the design that we have gone for. It incorporates a much extended pathway that loops around the new gazebo towards the rear of the home.
Residents and families will be able to enjoy the paddock views in the relative shelter of the gazebo.
The pathway continues through the mature shrubbery and extends past the conservatory and double pod building. Here it meets another loop that will have a shaded patio to be planted with fragrant climbers as well as a sun patio.
This area will also have raised planters for residents wishing to get involved in gardening.
The more mundane but practical elements of the design included additional parking spaces by the main entrance, and in lieu of the bin pathway. The bins have been relocated to be closer to the entrance. So far the new arrangements have worked very well.