On Wednesday 13 June, Rooftop Housing Group’s Dorothy Terry House in Redditch was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra.

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Dorothy Terry House provides specialist care to people over 55 who are living with dementia.

Built on the site of the original Red Cross nursing home of the same name, Dorothy Terry House has 43 self-contained flats, and has dementia care built into the design. The building has a circular layout to help avoid residents becoming disorientated, and bright colours in areas to help residents find their way around.

HRH Princess Alexandra was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft, who presented the civic guests Mr Cassian Roberts and Mrs Jane Roberts, High Sheriff of Worcestershire and Consort.

Councillor Brandon Clayton and Mrs. Anita Clayton, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council and Consort, and Councillor Mrs. Juliet Brunner Mayor of Redditch.

She then enjoyed a tour of the building accompanied by Nicola Inchbald Chair of the Rooftop Housing Group board and met a number of residents and members of staff from both Rooftop Housing Group and Dorothy Terry’s care providers Heritage Care.

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Kate Smith, Manager of Dorothy Terry House said “It’s a pleasure to be the manager of such a diverse and special place, and it’s a real honour to host HRH Princess Alexandra. This means so much to our residents and our staff.”

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Boris Worrall, Group Chief Executive of Rooftop Housing Group said “it was a hugely successful visit and an honour to have the work of Rooftop, and of Heritage Care, celebrated in such a great way.”

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