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Bury St Edmunds based Marham House set to offer luxury care

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A new care home held a topping out ceremony last week, and hopes to welcome its first residents at the start of next week.

Marham House, which is located in Marham Park, was visited by several distinguished guests, with trees being planted to mark the ceremony last Friday.

Once all rooms are booked, the care home will house 66 residents, with a team of fully trained staff on hand to care for them.

New trees were planted at the opening of Marham House
New trees were planted at the opening of Marham House

Michelle Sides, operations director at Marham House, said: “When you walk into Marham House, you’re not seeing your typical care home. It’s a lifestyle choice for our residents.”

She continued by outlining her hope that ‘residents become part of their community and the community becomes part of the home’.

The care home has a cinema, a bar, tea shop and garden room.

Ensuite bathrooms are also provided in all rooms, with the care home placing an emphasis on luxury living conditions.

Jan Gibbs, home manager, said: “Our main priority will always be the residents. Residents always come first.”

She added that residents were given freedom and independence and were ‘supported to live a life and have opportunities they may not have had before’.

The Care Quality Commission completed checks at the home earlier this week, paving the way for residents to begin booking rooms.

The care home is run by Halcyon Care Homes Ltd, and is registered under the care categories of dementia, old age, physical disability and sensory impairment.

The privately owned home is also registered as a specialist in Alzheimer’s care.

Marham House falls under the local authority of Suffolk County Council and is designed to offer a range of care types, including palliative care, respite care and day care.

Peter Thompson, town mayor and councillor for the ward of Moreton Hall, spoke of the high life expectancy in Bury St Edmunds citing ‘high demand’ as one of the reasons why it was an easy decision for developers to build in the town.

He also highlighted the residential builds which are underway in the surrounding area and their potential to fuel demand for care home places in the coming years.

He said: “One of the things about Bury is, it will attract people who want to come and stay here for the rest of their lives and this gives them the opportunity to do that.”