OAKDALE Care Home is the newest addition to the Encore Care Homes family.

The grand opening of the new care home on Kingsmill Road was officiated by The Mayor of Poole, Marion Le Poidevin, who was joined by members of the community and local healthcare professionals.

The launch took place on Thursday 24 October.

Key features of the home were unveiled at the opening.

These included the tranquil spa and bistro, providing residents with the chance to catch up with visiting friends and relatives over a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake.

Chief Executive of Encore Rachel Dryden said: "With each build we have learned from the previous home and made slight tweaks over the years that will benefit our residents.

"For example, all floors in the home are carpeted in order to minimise noise which helps reduce anxiety for our residents with dementia."

Guests were given the opportunity to take a tour of the 84-bedroom home to explore the spacious areas.

The home’s architecture has been designed with residents’ wellbeing at its core.

The layout of the building has been created to flood all areas with natural light and to allow residents to spend time with their friends in the lounges that are located on each floor.

Rachel Dryden added: "We believe that we have made our vision a reality, of creating an environment that not only supports residents’ care, but also the wellbeing of our team."

Attendees also had chance to meet with members of the care team who introduced the new training room that is also available for members of the community to use.

Home Manager of Oakdale, David Taylor explained: "We are committed to serving our local community and look forward to getting to know our neighbours over the coming months.

"We will provide all visitors with a warm welcome and some homemade cakes.”

Oakdale is the latest addition of an established family of care homes managed by Encore Care Homes, to open just minutes from Poole’s town centre.

For more information, visit www.oakdalepoole.co.uk or call 01202 878 149 to book a visit to look around Oakdale care home.