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Our sister company, Hallmark Care Homes opened its new £12m care home and our second project, Hutton View, in Essex using technology believed to be the first virtual opening of a care home due to the current restrictions.
This live stream was made with support from an external specialist broadcast company and was hosted by Hallmark Care Homes Chair and CEO of Savista Developments, Avnish Goyal.
During the special event, guests were invited to hear about the vision of how the home was created, participate in a panel discussion with Hallmark’s dementia and relationship centred care experts and take a virtual tour of the 77-bed home’s state-of-the-art facilities.
These have been designed and fitted out to support Hallmark’s commitment to delivering relationship-centred care and include facilities such as a luxurious hair salon, therapy room, a welcoming café complete with its own aquarium, connected to a distinctive bar, large screen cinema and surround sound complete with a starlight ceiling, and a music room with a baby grand piano, vinyl record player and LPs and selection of musical instruments.
Other design innovations included; an indoor COVID safe visiting area with a glass partition, well-stocked library and games room, a top floor activities room with a second bar and large outdoor terrace. The home also boasts a farmhouse kitchen and further activity area with prompts which use the Montessori approach to support people living with dementia.
Meanwhile outside there are numerous areas which encourage residents to get fresh air all year round and support the company’s Together Dementia Strategy. This includes five outdoor terraces on all the upper floors. The spacious landscaped gardens are also designed to create the ultimate outdoor experience for residents at Hutton View with a putting green, aviary, summer house with a kitchen and WC, greenhouse and gardening club area, and even a gazebo.
Around 300 local businesses and care professionals logged on to hear from Avnish Goyal and Hallmark’s Managing Director Ram Goyal as well as witness the all-important ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the home.
During the event guests were also encouraged to tweet in their questions, thoughts and comments with £5 donated to Hutton Community Centre for every tweet received using the hashtag #HuttonViewLaunch. Hallmark then generously raised this to £5,000 to support the community centre’s plans to refurbish the kitchen and social areas by spring 2021.
CEO of Savista Developments and Chair of Hallmark Care Homes, Avnish Goyal said: “We are delighted to have completed our second Savista project to the highest standards, incorporating the latest technology and ideas not only from the sector but from our teams and our recent innovation challenge.
“We are continuing to innovate with our pipeline of projects and we will continue to raise the bar by creating beautiful environments that enhance the quality of life for older people.
“Hutton View provides inventive solutions to care and a lot of consideration has gone into this home to ensure we are meeting the ever-changing needs of future residents.”
Hallmark Care Homes Managing Director, Ram Goyal said: “I am delighted that Hutton View Care Home is now officially open and we welcome all of our new team into the Hallmark Care Homes family.
“I am proud of everyone who has been involved in the building and opening of the care home, including the Savista Developments Team and the team involved in the grand launch.
“We are looking forward to making Hutton View a part of the community providing high-quality care for residents in the future, enabling them to live life to the full.”
General Manager at Hutton View Care Home, Louise Baxter said: “I am so proud to be part of the team who have grouped together and have made Hutton View the wonderful home that it is today.
“At Hallmark Care Homes we take pride in our reputation of providing high-quality relationship-centred care to the residents and I am excited to be able to lead the team here who have been handpicked out of 900 people for their caring nature and passion for helping others.
“We hope to be a well-respected member of the Hutton community and I cannot wait to welcome our first residents into the home so they can experience the amazing care that I know we will provide.”