Anson Court Opening

4 December 2017

Quantum Care and our partners at Hertfordshire County Council were delighted to reach the final milestone of completing the construction of our new building, Anson Court. The new home, located in a quiet residential area in the Ward of Panshanger is named after the Avro Anson British aircraft that was first put into service by the RAF and regularly flown out of the Panshanger airfield dating back to 1935.

Anson Court is a 75 bed care home in Welwyn Garden City offering residential, dementia, respite and day care for older people in the community. The home has been built as part of a re-provision plan and will provide high quality care accommodation for our existing residents who were living at Hyde Valley House in Welwyn Garden City until recently, in addition to new residents.

Anson Court offers all the comfort and convenience expected of a modern care home. It has its own café, hairdressing salon and a shop for residents and families. The home is split into five households, each with a comfortable lounge, kitchen and dining area. All residents benefit from a fully furnished room with en-suite shower facilities, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi and telephone point.

As well as all the above, Anson Court also runs a day care centre for those still living in the community that require some additional support to assist them through the day. Quantum Care’s ethos of providing person centred care is promoted throughout the home including the day centre, this means that activities are tailored to each individual’s needs, and day care members are able to participate in hobbies and activities which they enjoy.

The home is split into five households appropriately named after different aircraft; Lancaster, Dove, Spitfire, Mosquito and Heron. A picture of the aircraft can be found on the wall in the dining area of each household.

On Friday 3rd November Quantum Care invited commissioners and local professionals to Anson Court ahead of the public open day on the following weekend, Saturday 11th November 2017. Both days were a great success with over 200 people attending the public open day.

Deputy Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon joined Quantum Care’s Chief Executive Maria Ball, Chair of the Quantum Care Board David Priseman and Ian MacBeath, Director of Heath & Community Services from Hertfordshire County Council at the open day for professionals. The event was also attended Cllr Patricia Mabbot (Sherrards Ward), Cllr Terry Mitchinson (Panshanger Ward), Cllr Barbara Gibson (County), HCPA (Home Care Providers Association, Friends of Welwyn Care Homes, Central Bedfordshire Council Commissioner’s for Adult Social Care and employees from Hertfordshire County Council.

Statement made by the Deputy Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon; “It’s refreshing to see that new care homes of today are designed with a purpose and that purpose is to be part of the community in which they are built. Some might even say they are becoming ‘community hubs’ for care and support, offering advice, information, and other services to local carers and people living in the community.

“I like the ‘new concept’ of a care home that is not solely for those requiring residential care but also for people living in the vicinity. Surely this brings benefits for the residents living in the home being able to engage with visitors, getting to know their neighbours, and being given more opportunity to participate in a variety of activities from outside groups coming into the home.“

“As I stand here today I am without a doubt that Anson Court will quickly become an integral part of the local community here in the heart of Panshanger. It already looks and feels like part of the neighbourhood here”.

Guests at the open day for professionals were invited to have a demonstration of the virtual reality sets that Quantum Care have installed in a number of homes that have achieved incredible positive results when being used by our residents.

On Thursday 16th November 2017 Anson Court welcomed its first residents. 40 Quantum Care residents moved to Anson Court from Hyde Valley House in Welwyn Garden City. The long awaited move day had finally come and by 1pm all residents were sat down in their new home enjoying their lunch. One family member posted on Quantum Care’s Facebook Page: “We've just got home after spending the day with mum, both at Hyde Valley House then Anson Court. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to making a hugely difficult transition for an elderly person such an easy and fun move. You are an amazing organisation, Anson Court is fantastic, but, most important, your staff are INCREDIBLE!”

If you would like to make an enquiry about the new home please contact Anson Court direct on 01707 379700.