Arlette’s Tea Room is unveiled at Park Avenue Care Home, Bromley

Over the last six months, Park Avenue Care Home in Bromley has undergone extensive refurbishment to bring a dementia-friendly, modernised and homely feel.

The final phase of the renovation works saw the creation of a Wellness Suite; which intends to bring enjoyment and an improved quality of life through the new and modern facilities available for the residents and their families to enjoy – including a Creation Room for activities such as arts and crafts, physiotherapy, silent disco’s, jigsaws making, etc.

The Wellness Suite also offers hair and beauty treatments, as well as the opportunity to purchase postcards and essentials in ‘Nana’s provisions shop’ area.

This week saw the unveiling of the tea room which was officially named ‘Arlette’s Tea Room’, after a former Home Manager, Arlette Beebeejaun who retired in 2016, for her 26 loyal years of working within the Excelcare group. The current Home Manager, Gemma Weldon, said she felt very honoured to have been able to invite Arlette along to cut the ribbon and officially declare the new tea room open for all to enjoy!

The event was also attended by Excelcare CEO, Ozzie Ertosun, and COO Sam Manning, who both said that they felt the occasion was very special as it gave recognition and thanks to Arlette Beebeejaun who was the first Home Manager to be employed at the Excelcare group back in 1989, when Ozzie opened his first care home in Catford. After some years working there, Arlette moved to work, still within the group but as the Home Manager at Castlebar Care Home in Sydenham. Arlette loved a challenge and so she took on the commissioning and management of Park Avenue when it opened, a place where she spent many happy years before retiring from the group in 2016, aged 80.

Ozzie added that it was heart-warming to be able to honour her legacy and the commitment she has shown to him personally and to the Excelcare-family.

Attending the opening yesterday, Arlette was humbled to have the tea room named after her and thanked the management team. Following a speech from Ozzie, Arlette said a few words about her time at Excelcare, experiences and what the naming of this tea room meant to her. She also commented on the renovation works and how much it has changed since she was the manager, saying it was pleasing to see people looking so cared for and happy.

Gemma Weldon, the current Home Manager at Park Avenue, thanked Arlette for attending the ceremony and being an inspiration to Excelcare team members. She wrapped up her short speech by welcoming everyone and saying, “I hope many great conversations are enjoyed by the residents, relatives, team members and visitors, whilst drinking a cuppa in Arlette’s Tea Room.”

This new tea room will act as a facility that helps to bring outside life into the care home, providing a space where happy memories are made.

Thank you for your commitment to Excelcare over the years Matron (Arlette Beebeejaun); your name is now forever engrained in our history.