A FORMER mayor helped open a £400,000 redevelopment of a charity’s nursing home.
The Hospital of God at Greatham has given its Gretton Court Nursing Home a complete make over, boosting the facilities available to people with dementia.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was performed by Wendy Mitchell, the chairman of the Hospital of God’s Trustees, with the help of Bob Barnfather, the former mayor of Hartlepool who is now a resident at the home.
Among the changes are new nursing care and recreational facilities, bathrooms, hairdressing facilities and entrance area.
Lighting and decor has also had a facelift and the gardens have been revitalised so residents can enjoy the outdoors.
David Granath, the director of the Hospital of God, said: “This investment by the Hospital of God in Gretton Court Nursing Home represents our commitment to providing the best possible lives for the people we care for.
“Everyone who lives with us at Gretton Court is a precious individual who deserves the best possible life”.
Andrea Atkinson, Gretton Court manager, added: “We aim to make sure that everyone who lives at Gretton Court receives the highest standards of care and the most fulfilled life. “Our new facilities will enable them to take part in all the activities we have to offer”.
The Hospital of God at Greatham was founded by Bishop of Durham Robert de Stichell in 1273 to care for older people.
It provides residential and nursing homes, day and community services for people with dementia and housing for older people in Greatham, Norton and Stockton and makes grants to other charities.