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Prince George House care home in Ravenswood, Ipswich officially opens

PUBLISHED: 18:24 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 18:24 25 March 2015

Resident Dot Ridgeway (centre) cuts the ribbon at the new Prince George House care home with (L-R) day club manager Magda Kurdziel, Suffolk County Councillor Alan Murray, cabinet member for health and adult care, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, resident Charlie Brock and home manager Katherine Foley.

Resident Dot Ridgeway (centre) cuts the ribbon at the new Prince George House care home with (L-R) day club manager Magda Kurdziel, Suffolk County Councillor Alan Murray, cabinet member for health and adult care, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, resident Charlie Brock and home manager Katherine Foley.

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A new care home for older people living with nursing and dementia needs was officially unveiled in Ipswich today.

Alan Murray, cabinet member for health and adult care at Suffolk County Council. and Katherine Foley, manager of Prince George House care home with resident Charlie Brock (centre).Alan Murray, cabinet member for health and adult care at Suffolk County Council. and Katherine Foley, manager of Prince George House care home with resident Charlie Brock (centre).

Residents at Prince George House care home in Ravenswood celebrated the opening of their new home with family members, staff and schoolchildren.

Two care home residents helped cut the ceremonial ribbon before Year 4 pupils from Ravenswood Community Primary School sung to the crowd.

Around 80 residents moved in to Prince George House from Sidegate Lane and Crabbe Street care homes in Ipswich last month.

Katherine Foley, home manager of Prince George House, said: “The move process went smoothly and residents are settling in well, making new friends and enjoying their new home.

“The residents and my team have all been looking forward to the special opening event and we were delighted to welcome the local community to celebrate the exciting occasion with us.”

Prince George House, in Mansbrook Boulevard, provides nursing, residential and dementia care for up to 80 residents.

The development also includes the Prince George Club, which will provide day and respite care services for older people living in their own homes, enabling them to keep active, meet new people and maintain their independence for longer.

The care home is the second new Care UK home to open in Ipswich, following Asterbury Place on Aster Road, which opened in July last year.

Alan Murray, cabinet member for health and adult care at Suffolk County Council, said: “The opening of Prince George House marks the halfway point in our vision for the future of long term care in Suffolk.

“With the number of older people and those living with dementia in Suffolk set to double by 2030, it is essential that we have an appropriate provision in place that can support these ones to maintain physical fitness, make new friends and ensure their independence for longer.

“Prince George House boasts great facilities and I am delighted, as were the residents, to be involved in the grand opening. I am sure residents will be very pleased with their new home.”

For more information, visit www.careuk.com/prince-george-house or call 0333 321 1986.


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