ISLANDERS are being invited to attend the launch of an appeal aiming to raise £2 million to fund a major extension and refurbishment project at a home that looks after some of the Island’s most severely disabled people.
The Big Build 2017 project will create an increased number of rooms at Jersey Cheshire Home to accommodate more residents. It will also improve many of the existing bedrooms and provide much needed new and expanded facilities for residents, staff and the 400 plus regular monthly users of the home’s amenities.
The official launch of the fundraising campaign will take place with a breakfast briefing at the Pomme d’Or Hotel on Wednesday 15 March and all are welcome to come along and find out more about the development plans. In addition there will be news of a number of new and unique fundraising initiatives.
Those who attend will also get the opportunity to experience what life is like for someone who is disabled. A variety of equipment supplied to the home by local business Mercury Medical will be available to try out along with specialist equipment from the home’s own physiotherapy department.
The extension to Eric Young House is timely as demand for services provided by Jersey Cheshire Home is growing and it is essential that the needs of the community can be met in the years ahead. Apart from providing round-the-clock care to the 25 permanent residents, over 400 people a month of all ages currently use the facilities provided by Jersey Cheshire Home.
It costs £6,000 a day to run the home and while the average length of stay at other local care/residential facilities is between six and 18 months, the average stay at Jersey Cheshire Home is 15 years.
The expansion plans centre on the construction of a first floor extension of the home building above the car park at the north side of the building.
In addition to three new en-suite bedrooms and the complete refurbishment of six other residential rooms, the remodelled home will include a dedicated therapy/treatment room as well as an adaptable multipurpose area for meetings, training and residents activities.
Other improvements are to include a new staff room as well as a second bed/wheelchair lift and an enhanced nurses station.
Jersey Cheshire Home general manager David Lord said: ‘We are hoping that as many people as possible will turn up to join us for a bacon roll to learn about our plans and also take the opportunity to experience what life is like for a disabled person.’
It is planned that home staff will be in the Golden Apple Suite at the Pomme d’Or until about 2 pm on the day of the launch to assist anyone who cannot attend the breakfast time presentations.
If you are keen to find out more please visit the Big Build page on our website
Alternatively get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01534 285858.
Take a tour of the extension via this virtual walk-through:
3D Visuals of the extension, courtesy of BDK Architects: