New Salisbury Care Home Welcomes First Resident

A state-of-the-art new care home has opened in Salisbury and welcomed its first resident.

87-year-old Bob Harper from Fleet in Hampshire is the first of many new residents who will be moving into Old Sarum Manor Care Home, a purpose-built residential home in Longhedge, Salisbury. The luxury home is part of new care home group Elmfield Care and offers residential and dementia care for up to 66 people.

Bob will be joined by other new residents over the coming weeks and will have access to the home’s full range of superb amenities including an in-house cinema, library, coffee shop & tea room, hair & nail salon, bar and restaurant – where residents can request their favourite meals.

New residents will have to self isolate for a short period of time when they join the home, but will soon be able to enjoy Bob and other residents in the communal areas, the home want residents to spend as little time in their rooms as possible.

A few adaptations to the normal training methods have had to be put in place for staff members. Training took place in smaller groups, so the process took a little longer than usual.

Claire Lousteau, the General Manager of Old Sarum Manor, comments: “We are so pleased to be able to open Old Sarum Manor and to offer families in and around Salisbury a new option in residential care. Many of our new residents will have spent the last seven months shielding so we’re really looking forward to showing them around the home and offering them a safe and stimulating environment where they can socialise and enjoy our wonderful home.”

“Many of the staff have been here for several months now to complete their training and there is a lovely family atmosphere and positive energy within the team. I’d like to thank them for all their hard work so far and extend the warmest of welcomes to all our new residents. Their happiness is our number one priority and we will do everything we can to help them lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.”

“The tea room is one of my favourite parts, they are designed like an old fashioned tea room, I think the residents will really love it. It’s exciting to be here right from the beginning of the journey and to help build a lovely caring environment.”

Joining the residents is a highly experienced, locally recruited team who have undergone extensive training over the past few months. When fully staffed, Old Sarum Manor will employ approximately sixty staff making it an important part of the local community. Prior to joining Old Sarum Manor, some members of staff were furloughed or made redundant due to the pandemic and some decided to change career and move into care.

Hostess Aimee Ormsby previously worked for a jewellery retailer in Salisbury but was furloughed in March and made redundant in June.

Aimee explains: “I’m really proud to be part of the Old Sarum Manor team. Being made redundant was a blessing in disguise! I see this as a fresh start and I’m really enjoying it. I was thinking of going to university to train as a nurse but now I’m planning on training and developing my career in care here. Everyone in the team is very welcoming and I’m really excited to start getting to know our new residents.”

She added: “The training has been excellent, I have always admired family members who have worked in the caring industry and I am excited to be a part of this team. Everyone is lovely.”

Old Sarum Manor includes a number of important design features that help prevent infection and the spread of COVID-19. It has wide corridors that enable social distancing, brand new cleaning and laundry facilities, specifically designed airflow systems, an abundance of communal areas, and every resident has a private ensuite wetroom. The home will also facilitate safe visiting in its Garden Room so that residents can still enjoy time with family and friends during the colder months.

Old Sarum Manor is committed to providing residents with the highest levels of care and service with everything tailored to its residents’ needs, including a wide range of optional activities and personalised dining. For example, residents will decide what is on the menu with head chef James Butterfield so the catering team can prepare their favourite meals from the finest fresh, locally-sourced produce. All the home’s amenities and activities, including beauty treatments, hair appointments and trips, are covered by the care home’s single, all-inclusive, transparent weekly fee giving residents and their families peace of mind.

For more information about Old Sarum Manor visit or call 01722 626 815

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