Extra care restaurant opens to community

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An extra care scheme in March that opened to tenants earlier this year is reaching out into the community with an onsite restaurant that’s open to all.

Doddington Court, which is located on the same site as Doddington Hospital, is inviting people to try its freshly prepared menu, which is open to the public every day of the week.

Alongside its menu for hot foods, the scheme’s restaurant also offers takeaway options, including sandwiches and jacket potatoes, for people who live and work in the area to pick up, or tea and coffee to encourage people to visit and socialise.

Extra care manager Julie Booker said: “We are really looking forward to our scheme becoming part of the community and welcome everyone along to support our restaurant to become a real thriving venue for people in Doddington.”

Every day chef John Bird rustles up a tasty dish for tenants, staff and anyone who wishes to stop by and sit down for a meal, with lunch served from 12pm to 2.30pm and light refreshments from 9am to 5pm.

The menu includes favourites like lasagne, fish and chips and shepherd’s pie, while weekends see a Sunday roast with a choice of chicken, lamb, beef or pork.

And alongside the desserts menu, John isn’t afraid to go the extra mile, with handmade birthday cakes an option for tenants celebrating at Doddington Court.

The restaurant is one of a number of social facilities open to Doddington Court tenants.

Others include a community bus service into town and community volunteer transport for individual needs arranged through Cambridgeshire County Council.

Daily activities are organised, as well as evening entertainment and parties, while worship needs can be taken care of via communal worship onsite, private worship in one’s flat or transport to the local church.

Doddington Court offers 50 rented extra care apartments, alongside nine continued care beds under Doddington Hospital.

Twenty-four hour care and support is arranged by the onsite care team, with emergency pull cords are each room and an emergency pendant for each tenant. Personal individual care plans are discussed to meet each individual’s needs.

The development includes attractive communal spaces including lounges overlooking landscaped gardens, a fitness suite and a communal library.

So far 35 people have moved into their new apartments at Doddington Court, with spaces expected to be fully booked by the end of August.