May 2018: Jennie Bond brings regal touch to new Chelmsford care home

Great Baddow

Broadcaster, journalist and royal commentator Jennie Bond bought a regal touch as she opened Baycroft’s second home in Chelmsford, Essex on Friday 18 May. The home, on Molrams Lane in the village Great Baddow, is now ready to offer residents their own bespoke bedroom within luxury surroundings and hotel standard services.

New residents will be able to enjoy the beautiful landscaped garden that is overlooked by the luxury dining area where fresh, locally sourced and seasonal meals will be served. To break down loneliness, use of the on-site cinema, library, hair salon, spa treatment room and activity room will be actively encouraged. The home is also equipped with the latest dementia care and resident safety technology so that older people living at the home and their families feel secure.

Jennie Bond said:

“I helped nurse my mother through extreme dementia for many years; I did not want to confront the issue of moving her into a home and took that decision with enormous resistance, but it was the best thing I could have done. I know it’s hard to part with your homes, but look what a home you come to [at Baycroft]. Looking around today, there are fantastic facilities, caring staff and new innovations being employed to improve the lifestyle and care of residents”

Managing Director of Baycroft, Andrew Winstanley, said:

“Chelmsford was a natural choice for a Baycroft care home. It’s a beautiful place and people love living here so they want to stay as part of the community as they get older. We are proud to be doing our bit to solve the shortage of care in the town and places are filling quickly.”

Other attendees on the day were the newly appointed Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Yvonne Spence, her husband John, the Mayor’s Consort and MP for Chelmsford, Vicky Ford.

When fully occupied, the home will have created 70 new jobs from nurses and dementia care specialists to chefs.

Pictured L-R John Spence – Mayor’s Consort, Jennie Bond – Broadcaster and journalist, Jacqueline Donaldson – First resident at Baycroft Great Baddow, Andrew Winstanley – Baycroft Managing Director, Cllr Yvonne Spence – Mayor of Chelmsford, Christine Thomas – General Manager of Baycroft Great Baddow and Vicky Ford – MP for Chelmsford.