Mayor of Sevenoaks celebrates completion of care home transformation

13 May 2016

The mayor with assistant director of services Peter Keelan and service manager Pia Rathje-BurtonThe Mayor of Sevenoaks yesterday celebrated the completion of the extensive refurbishment work at Chipstead Lake.

It was a ten year project aiming to significantly improve the quality of life for residents at this centre for disabled people.

The mayor, Cllr Stephen Arnold, joined other supporters in the community of the Leonard Cheshire Disability care home to pay tribute to the hard work of the team, volunteers and donors that have rallied together to transform the site.

Cllr Arnold said:

‘Having visited the Chipstead Lake home many years ago, I am excited to be here again, meeting residents and support staff and opening the newly renovated facility.

‘Chipstead has always been a friendly, happy community and I am very pleased to have been invited and to be part of the plaque unveiling celebration.’

As well as giving a presentation on the successful refurbishment project and unveiling of the new service’s plaque, the team also provided tours of the centre as part of its official opening.

The raft of changes made to improve the lives of the 24 disabled people living there includes kitting out all bedrooms with en-suite facilities — including accessible washbasins and showers.

Resident Christine Simpson said:

‘It’s nice to have a relaxing space that’s my own. I have a lovely view from my window overlooking the beautiful gardens.

‘We have been involved with every step of the refurbishment. It’s certainly modern and in keeping with the times!’

Chipstead Lake also installed automatic door openers for all bedrooms, offering increased privacy and independence for the disabled adults of all ages living there.

In addition, the centre now boasts refurbished communal areas and two self-contained flats. These two flats offer more independent living options for residents, for the short or long term.

They are complete with automatic doors, adapted fully accessible kitchens and laundry facilities, and ensuite bathrooms.

The refurbishment work also included the opening of a new physiotherapy suite in 2012.

With the home now fully revamped, the team at Chipstead Lake are turning their attention to their garden appeal, so they can create accessible paths, exercise equipment and raised flowerbeds.

Service manager Pia Rathje-Burton said:

‘We are excited about starting the garden project and look forward to seeing the outside of Chipstead develop as the inside has over the past years.

‘This will enable our residents to have direct access to the garden and enjoy gardening and outdoor activities. It’s a very exciting time.’

For more information about how you can get involved in supporting the work at Chipstead Lake, please get in touch or visit their Facebook page.

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