New care home aims to be a cut above the rest

Shirley Sanderson (second right) with her staff at The Lounge Hair and Beauty in Bedlington. Picture by Bob Smith.
Shirley Sanderson (second right) with her staff at The Lounge Hair and Beauty in Bedlington. Picture by Bob Smith.

A luxury care home set to open next month has teamed up with a local salon.

Baedling Manor, owned by care providers Alycone Healthcare North East, has collaborated with The Lounge Hair and Beauty, in Front Street, Bedlington.

Along with the care home, they will create The Lounge at Baedling Manor – a salon open to the public, residents, day care clients, staff, families and friends.

The dementia-friendly salon will be headed up by current salon owner Shirley Sanderson.

She said: “Opening the new salon space within Baedling Manor is a wonderful opportunity, not only for us to expand our skill set but also by creating jobs and training opportunities.

“We have had many customers come to us for years so it is nice to think we are growing with them by providing them with an additional, but familiar, service.

“All of our staff at The Lounge are fully trained Dementia Friends, and will benefit from having the support of the home’s carers if needed.”

The state-of-the-art facilities include raised salon backwash sinks at various heights, a unique barber station for gentlemen and a dedicated beauty spa and nail bar.

Darren Taylor, managing director of Baedling Manor, said: “With many years working with older customers, Shirley was an obvious choice to collaborate with. With her whole emphasis on making her customers happy and comfortable, I knew her team would be the right fit for Baedling Manor.”

“Hairdressers often have close relationships with their clients and act as ‘keepers of stories’ so being empathetic Dementia Friends, they can also offer understanding and emotional support.

“A salon is a very natural setting for reminiscence and having a bit of a pamper alongside other members of the community is integral to maintaining dignity and a person’s life skills though providing purposeful activity.

“It is also a place where they can regularly go for a treat then meet friends for some refreshments in our café which will also be open to the public by free membership.”

The home will also boast other dedicated communal areas to encourage regular social interaction including a shop, cafe, a cinema room, library and information centre, piano bar, function suite, internet and activities room and an enclosed sensory garden and orangery.

The multi-million pound care facility will provide the highest level of residential and dementia care for up to 50 residents as well as providing an out-reach care package to guests requiring day care, overnight, respite and home care.

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