A milestone in the £47 million redevelopment of Jewish Care’s Stanmore campus was celebrated with the official opening of the 64-bed Anita Dorfman House, providing nursing and dementia care.
The home was built with support from the Dorfman Foundation on the 16-acre site, now known as Sandringham.
Anita Dorfman, her son Sir Lloyd Dorfman and other family members joined Jewish Care leaders at the ceremony.
The first residents are due to move in next month from the current Princess Alexandra Home on the site.
Rooms have been arranged in households of 16 with the aim of creating a cosy atmosphere for residents and staff. All rooms face directly onto bright, open plan living space.
Mrs Dorfman said she was “thrilled to lend my name to Jewish Care’s new home. Having recently celebrated my 91st birthday, this is a lovely additional belated present. It is a fantastic charity and I am proud that the family foundation has a long association with it.”
Sir Lloyd added: “We wanted to honour my mother and are delighted that so many people will be looked after in this home bearing her name.”
On the top floor of Anita Dorfman House is Wolfson Assisted Living — 16 one-bed flats designed for those who want to retain their independence within a 24/7 care environment with meals, cleaning and laundry services included.
The second phase of the building programme will be the development of Pears Court, 48 independent living apartments, and the Ronson Family Community Centre. The project is expected to be completed in autumn 2020.
Jewish Care has to date raised £42 million towards the development and is working to generate the remaining funding.