May 15, 2017

HRH the Princess Royal Opens Dementia Care Home, Griffiths House

HRH The Princess Royal visited Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol on 15 May 2017 to officially open Griffiths House, an eight-bed specialist dementia home, part of the Cote Charity, whose trustee is the Society of Merchant Venturers. As well as unveiling a commemorative plaque at Griffiths House, the Princess spoke with residents and their families, viewed the tranquil gardens and toured the home-from-home facility – including the onsite hairdressing salon, open-plan cooking area, communal atrium and residents’ rooms.

The Princess also witnessed a number of resident activities, emphasising the importance of creative and physical stimulation alongside group participation.

Also present, and joining the Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Cullum McAlpine, was HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding OBE; The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Bristol and Lady Mayoress, Councillor Jeff Lovell and Mrs Bridget Lovell; and the High Sheriff of Bristol, Anthony Brown.

Griffiths House is a new, purpose built, eight-bed residential care home providing specialist dementia care. It is located next to Katherine House, a well-respected care home for 41 residents, and shares the same relaxing and tranquil setting. Tucked away from surrounding main roads and benefiting from views over the Bristol Channel, Griffiths House has been thoughtfully designed to provide an inviting, safe and secure environment for people living with dementia. Particular emphasis is placed on trust, empathy, respect and kindness. Each resident is supported to retain their individual identity, with a bespoke activity programme designed to stimulate social interaction and help build purposeful relationships.