New care home facilities set to improve residents’ lives

Guests at the opening of a new community room at Waterhouse Almshouses
Guests at the opening of a new community room at Waterhouse Almshouses

RESIDENTS of a care home were joined by more than 60 guests for the opening of new facilities.

A new kitchen and extended residents’ lounge were unveiled at Waterhouse Homes, Harrison Road, Halifax, as well as a state-of-the-art laundry room.

The facilities were formally opened by Christine Harris, deputy lieutenant for West Yorkshire, who complimented the trustees on their vision and social enterprise.

A library and computer have been installed in the lounge, which has allowed the people at the home to email and Skype relatives and friends across the country and the world.

The new room is now big enough for keep fit classes and lessons on using the computer. There have already been requests from community organisations to use the new room.

Margaret Washington, whose aunt Doris Nethergate lived at the home for 18 years and reached 100 years old, spoke at the ceremony.

Waterhouse Homes is based in old almshouses that were donated to the people of Halifax by Nathaniel Waterhouse in 1645.

He was an entrepreneur who made his fortune supplying the textile industry.

Having had no children he and his wife decided to make the philanthropic gesture, leaving all their assets to the town.

Mr Trevor Hargreaves, deputy director of the Almshouse Association, to which Waterhouse Homes belongs, concluded proceedings by briefly describing the role of the association and the Almshouse movement. Over 35,000 people live in almshouses throughout the United Kingdom, more than in homes run by the largest housing association.