Green Pastures Christian Nursing Home

Award amount: £25,000

Organisation: Green Pastures Christian Nursing Home

This grant was awarded to contribute towards the cost of the new Green Pastures Christian Nursing Home in Banbury.

A new care home was required because the previous building was limited in space and there were no avenues for further expansion. The bedrooms were not all single occupancy and only a few had en-suite facilities. Furthermore, not all the rooms were able to fit the specialised equipment needed, such as hoists and high dependency armchairs. Staff were also unable to move beds out of bedrooms to the communal areas if a resident was bedbound but wanted to join in communal activities. An additional issue was that the lift was not big enough for a stretcher, which restricted the types of admission Green Pastures could take.

The new care home is a three storey, 60-bed nursing home, which provides care for residents with dementia, residents who need nursing care and short term residents who need rehabilitation after an illness or a stay in hospital. The building is much more spacious, light and airy. One floor houses nursing residents and two floors are for residents with dementia. All bedrooms offer en-suite facilities, including a wet-room shower, and there are much wider corridors. On each floor there is a dining room and a lounge, as well as smaller communal spaces if residents wish to spend time with family members or they can be used as areas for quiet reflection. There is also a large atrium, which is being used as a function room for open days, concerts and dancing events.

For the dementia residents there is plenty of space to wander, but be safe and secure. This includes the garden where the specially laid path leads them back to the start. The path also makes it is accessible for those residents requiring a wheelchair.

The new building also includes a meeting/training room for staff and there have already been enquiries about hiring it out. In the future, Green Pastures hopes to become a training provider for other nursing and residential homes in the area.

The architect was Melissa Magee from Carless & Adams partnership. They have extensive experience of designing nursing homes and homes for residents with dementia.  Green Pastures also received guidance from Jackie Pool who is a well-regarded Dementia Environment consultant.

The new care home opened on 9th August 2017 with minimal upheaval to residents. It has resulted in a higher sense of wellbeing amongst occupants. They are able to participate in everyday activities, such as laying a table, making a cup of tea, washing up and gardening. They have the choice of busy and quiet areas of the building. There is also less upheaval for the more dependent residents, regarding their care needs.

One resident has said “since we’ve been here I feel so much better and I’m enjoying myself, there’s a buzz about the place”.

One relative has said “I love it especially having the option where I can go with Mum – the garden is a very special place”