Castor Lodge Care Home welcomed professional visitors to its’ Grand Opening on Friday 19th November. Guests of honour were local MP Shailesh Vara and Mayor of Peterborough, Cllr Stephen Lane who together with Abdul Kachra, Chairman of Country Court, cut the ribbon and declared the home officially open.
Co-CEO Al-Karim Kachra said, “We are very proud of our latest care home and thank everyone involved in the development and opening. It was wonderful to meet so many people from the village and receive such positive feedback. As a family-run company, we look forward to Castor Lodge becoming an integral part of the community in Castor, providing the kind of care we’d want all of our loved ones to receive.”
Visitors enjoyed a tour of the home and were wowed by the state-of-the-art facilities which include generous en-suite bedrooms with walk-in showers, an assisted bathroom on each floor, luxurious hair salon, cinema room, ice-cream parlour, dedicated activity room and even its very own pub, ‘The Cricketer’s Arms’. The beautifully landscaped gardens set in the stunning surroundings of the Nene Valley give plenty of opportunities to encourage people to enjoy the outdoor areas too.
Guests sampled food from mouth-watering menus with Chef Ian Kembery on hand to chat with visitors about the menus the catering team will be creating for residents on a weekly basis. Visitors enjoyed Chinese five-spice fillet of beef, salmon ceviche, panko halloumi, Pani puri and teriyaki chicken. For those with a sweet tooth, there was a wide selection of desserts to sample and drinks were supplied by the front of house team led by Satish Dalal, Client Services Manager, who will head up the hospitality team at the home.
Castor Lodge Care Home is in the picturesque village of Castor close to Peterborough and provides affordable luxury care, with a warm family feel. The care home specialises in residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care for up to sixty-eight people with a further six top-floor suites.
The care staff team at Castor Lodge is led by Nogi John, one of Country Court's most experienced home managers. Nogi has previously managed Country Court Nursing Homes in Boston and Spalding. She has been recognised for her outstanding care with a 'Care Leadership' Award at the 2018 Lincolnshire Care Association Care Awards. She is passionate about providing specialist person-centred dementia care. Nogi’s highly trained staff team will be on hand around the clock, creating an environment for our residents where they feel comfortable and safe. Country Court is passionate about residents’ well-being and, as a result, pride itself in providing personalised care services with expertise and compassion.
Castor Lodge Care Home will have dedicated Activity & Wellbeing Champions who will get to know residents individually; they are then able to support and encourage people to continue to enjoy their hobbies and interests. There will be a range of meaningful activities for residents to enjoy every day, either in a group as a sociable activity or on a one-to-one basis. Local community groups will be encouraged to visit residents, join in with activities and host their own events, making the home an important part of the local community. From reminiscing and games to light exercise, crafts, gardening or singing there will always be something going on.
Castor Lodge Care Home is the 34th care home for the Country Court Group, a family-owned and run business founded in 1983, with the company philosophy “Our family caring for yours”. Country Court has won numerous Great British Care Awards. In 2015 the company was awarded Health Investor Residential Care Provider of the Year and is in the carehome.co.uk Top 25 Large Care Home Groups 2019.