Majesticare wins gold

Olympic gold medallist Zac Purchase MBE has officially opened the £1.5m Cotswold Suites at Tewkesbury Care Home.

a break from his training he returned to the village of Bushley where
he grew up – and is now a local sporting hero. 22 year old Zac won
Olympic gold for the men’s lightweight double sculls in Beijing. He said
“These suites are more like a boutique hotel than a care home; I think
team GB would enjoy a couple of weeks here. I’ll have a word with my

The exclusive interior designed Cotswold Suites have each been named
after Cotswold villages and feature direct-dial telephones, fully
profiling electrically operated beds, fridges, satellite TV points,
luxury level access shower rooms and patio doors. They have been
designed to meet the needs of elderly guests requiring luxuries and
comforts and seeking personal care rather than nursing care. Tewkesbury
Care Home’s experienced team of staff has for many years been renowned
for high quality nursing care in its Abbey and Bushley rooms.

Speaking at the opening Roger Pratap, Majesticare’s Chairman said
“Tewkesbury Care Home is a premier facility for this region of the
country. Our setting is second to none, and all the accommodation is on
the ground floor. We have a variety of spacious superb living
environments and our philosophy of the best possible specification of
the buildings together with the best possible care is a cornerstone of
Majesticare’s philosophy.” He went on to say “Our Majesticare staff team
at Tewkesbury always show absolute dedication to fulfilling the lives
of all our guests, including the best possible care. They deserve their
reputation as the best in the area.”

5th March 2009

Ken Dodd is tickled to open care facility

Ken Dodd shared his happiness with friends
old and new as he officially opened the £1.6 million extension of
Majesticare’s care facility for dementia sufferers.

The veteran funnyman travelled – complete with trademark tickling sticks – from Knotty Ash to Lawton Rise Specialist Care Centre in Goldenhill to mark the opening.

comedian is an old friend of retired former GP Dr Raj Pratap, whose son
Roger is chairman of Majesticare. The pair first met in 1982 when Ken
appeared at a charity fund-raiser at Kidsgrove Town Hall which then –
rotary club president Dr Pratap organised with fellow members.

main part of Ken’s speech consisted of good-natured observations and
jokes on the effects of getting old. But he – almost – got serious to
stress the importance of vulnerable people feeling safe and loved and
the importance of having facilities such as those at Lawton Rise.

comic told The Sentinel: “It is a wonderful place. It’s like a
seven-star hotel and everything is lovely, comfortable and luxurious.
The carers are all very cuddly and there is a lot of love around, so
that is a good thing.”

During his introductory speech, Mr Pratap
described how care at the flagship Lawton Rise had been described as
being “almost exceptional” by experts and the authorities, and it is
ranked in the top six per cent of care homes in the UK.

He added that the centre of excellence has a string of features,
based on the latest thinking on dementia, which are designed to
sensitively create a community for sufferers.

As well as pictures
and items from bygone years, there is a pub, potter’s wheel, indoor
garden and hair salon on site, so residents can continue to have normal
lives in a safe environment.

Manager Sally Latham said: “We want
to concentrate on what people can still do rather than what they can’t,
and encourage independence.”

Lord Mayor Councillor Derek Capey
said Majesticare had done a wonderful job with the extension, which will
increase overall capacity across the site to 62 rooms.

He said: “If I ever needed facilities like this, I wouldn’t hesitate in coming here.”

15th January 2009