On Wednesday 4th November, a group of residents, families and staff raised a resounding cheer as the new Beane River View Arms pub was officially opened by Quantum Care’s Chief Executive, Maria Ball, assisted by long-term resident Michael Stevenson and Home Manager Alison King.
Residents were greeted with glasses of Bucks Fizz and treated to a buffet as they took up residency in the new pub. Maria Ball, Chief Executive, in her opening speech, congratulated the hard work undertaken by everyone and stated “this type of project was extremely important and very much in keeping with Quantum Care’s Rhythm of Life Programme which looks at different ways to enhance and improve the daily lives of all residents, especially those living with dementia in our homes”.
Alison King, Home Manager was delighted with the transformation saying “I can’t thank the staff enough for everything they have done. Without their hard work, none of this would have been possible. This will enhance our residents’ lives allowing them to watch sports on TV, play pub type games and have a drink or two in a friendly, social atmosphere, reminiscent of environment and the type of activities they used to enjoy”.
The decision to transform one of the home’s upstairs lounges into an in-house pub was conceived, developed and put into action with full co-operation between staff, residents and their families. A team of staff comprising: Jane Cockman, Victoria Camp, Lisa Hill, Sue Ross-Kendrick, Sabrina Peachment and others worked in their own time, painting and decorating the room and completing the amazing transformation in just 6 weeks! Along with items donated by resident’s families, two local pubs; The Bridge House and The Lord Haig, also came to the rescue by donating pub furniture, glasses and pub related memorabilia. Complete with a full size corner bar purchased from eBay, a darts board and snooker table, it is hoped that Beane River View Arms will provide a further social place for the residents and their families to meet up as well as encourage younger family members to visit and join in pub type games and activities with their grandparents. Bill Clarke, another resident who enjoyed a drink in the new pub said “ It looks lovely. They did a great job converting it into a pub. I’m going to ask my granddaughter to come play a game of Dominos with me”.
Phil Stevenson, son of Michael Stevenson, a resident at Beane River for over 5 years kindly drove all the way to Sussex to collect the corner bar unit and deliver it to the home. He said “This was a great effort by all staff concerned. The care they provide my dad is exceptional. I was happy to help and give something back to the home to show my appreciation. The staff do an unbelievable job. Dad is very happy and can’t thank them enough.”
With a full programme of stimulating activities planned by Karen, the home’s Activities Co-ordinator, the doors at Beane River View Arms are open and ready for happy times ahead.