Residents make a moving mark

PUBLISHED: 10:29 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 11 May 2010

ONE of the residents at Moorlands leads the spraying of graffiti on the walls of the old building as residents moved out.

ONE of the residents at Moorlands leads the spraying of graffiti on the walls of the old building as residents moved out.

STAFF and residents at Moorlands Residential Care Home in Melbourn have made their mark. They said goodbye to their old premises on Friday and have moved into a new building next door. Farewell celebrations included entertainment from a Pearly King and

STAFF and residents at Moorlands Residential Care Home in Melbourn have made their mark.

They said goodbye to their old premises on Friday and have moved into a new building next door.

Farewell celebrations included entertainment from a Pearly King and a presentation of gifts to staff and residents by Nigel Howlett, chief executive of Cambridge Housing Society.

Jo Mills, director of housing and care services, said: "For the residents there is a bit of trepidation because they thought that moving from their homes would be their last move - some of them are in their 90s.

"But their families have been very supportive and have been moving their belongings to the new flats."

The residents at Moorlands will now have their own flats with kitchen, living room, and bedroom.

Mrs Mills said: "Moorlands was built in the 1960s so it is quite an old building

"It has provided excellent care, but at the moment the residents share a bathroom and large lounges.

"Now they will have their own flats and although there will be the same level of care 24 hours a day, it will be easier for them to remain independent."

The new Extra Care Scheme will include a restaurant and activities so that residents can choose if they want to join in, and if not, they have their own place to enjoy some peace.

The celebrations also included a Banksy-style goodbye, with spraying of graffiti on the walls of the old building.

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