RESIDENTS at a care home are enjoying a new lease of life following improvements made to the facility.

Rowan Lodge, in Newnham, provides care and support for older people who require residential or nursing care, those who are living with dementia, and those in need of a short break away from their usual environment.

The facility recently underwent a major transformation, introducing a cinema, and the renovation of its activities room, hair salon, family room and dementia floor.

Along with these new facilities residents can now enjoy a wealth of activities alone or together – in the activities room, named The Club - or with visitors in the family room.

As well as improvements to the home, staff are celebrating a recent ‘good’ Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating.

Rowan Lodge was inspected between May 3 and May 8 where residents were found to “have maximum choice and control of their lives”.

The facility has improved from the ‘requires improvement’ status it had from its pervious inspection in August 2016.

The report read: “Staff had caring relationships with the people they supported and knew them well.

“Staff encouraged people to communicate their needs and promoted their privacy, dignity and independence.”

The report added: “Staff treated people in a compassionate and kindly manner and were very aware of their emotional needs.

“We observed a member of activity staff reading to someone with memory difficulties. They were discussing historical events from the person’s past and encouraging them to name famous people in the book.”

Work is ongoing to the home’s grounds and gardens to enhance the overall experience for the residents, with the work due to be completed by the end of the summer.