It’s here! Wellington Grange, our twentieth home and first in Sussex, is poised to play a major role in the provision of elderly care in and around Chichester.
The architecturally impressive home has 72 bedrooms on three storeys in an elegant ‘country house’-type setting with stunning interiors and peaceful, therapeutic gardens.
Offering a colourful, vibrant mix of modern and traditional art, there are more than 500 paintings and specially commissioned photographs on the walls of corridors, lounges, cafés and other rooms. Themes associated with Chichester and Sussex are reflected in the images and wording throughout the home.
Ahead of the official opening in April 2016, we began welcoming enquiries and recruiting up to 120 team members under the watchful eye of newly appointed Home Manager Clare Gibson.
Clare said: “I have experience of launching other high-quality, new-build care homes and I can honestly say that Wellington Grange has a genuine ‘wow’ factor. The attention to detail in the building, interior design and gardens is remarkable. We believe we are going to fill a need, and we will be a leading facility for older people’s care.”
One early visitor was the well-known ‘TV doctor’, Hilary Jones. He said: “This is another prime example of Colten Care integrating its services within a local community for the benefit of older people and their families. The home is full of character and the standard of accommodation and décor is truly outstanding.”
Did you know: We used a pedometer to calculate that a construction worker walked around 4km a day on site as Wellington Grange was built. On average, there were 50 workers present on any given day. That means the number of kms walked during the 18-month (574-day) build was a staggering 114,800.
Chief executive Mark Aitchison: “We have grown as a company over the past 30 years and acted on continual feedback from residents and families. In what is an evolving journey, we have come to know what good care looks like. We refine this through dayto- day feedback and regular surveys of residents, relatives and external professionals. Wellington Grange is the latest stage of our journey, the culmination of what we have learned to date.”
Operations Director Elaine Farrer: “We will focus on residential and nursing care. People just beginning to think about care can come to us for short-stay rest and recuperation to see for themselves what the standard of care is. The home has been designed in such a way that facilities for similar needs are arranged together. There are dedicated areas to cater for both nursing and residential care.”