Walsall’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Graham Wilkes has returned to new care home Harden Hall just two weeks after attending the official opening of the home, to personally welcome its first resident, Mrs Louis Cross.
And Ideal Care Homes’ Managing Director, Mark Greaves, joined ninety-two year old Mrs Cross and her daughter Sandra Holford for a cup of tea as Councillor Wilkes presented Mrs Cross with a bouquet of flowers.
The Deputy Mayor had attended Harden Hall’s professional open day earlier this month and was so impressed by the facilities and staff that he asked to come back to welcome their first resident.
Born in Walsall, Mrs Cross started work at the age of fourteen, and during the Second World War made buckles for soldier’s uniforms. She worked at the Samuel Wilkes Factory in Bloxwich for thirty-one years, before moving to Elliot’s in Walsall where she worked until she was seventy-three years of age.
Mrs Cross has three children, seven grandchildren, eleven grandchildren and four great great grandchildren, and has settled in very quickly to her new home.
Mark Greaves, Managing Director of Ideal Care Homes said:
“It is a pleasure to welcome Mrs Cross to her new home. We never under estimate what a big step it is moving into a new environment, but I know that Adam and his team of carers will go to every length to make sure the move for all our residents are as smooth as possible.”
“This is the first home Ideal Care Homes have opened in Walsall, since the public open day on Sunday 5th February, there has been large public interest in Harden Hall, with a high number of rooms already being reserved. This is a testament to Ideal Care Homes’ offer of affordable, quality care and also the demand for quality care in Walsall.”