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A former Covid testing station has been turned into what is being called ‘Paradise Spa’ at Cornwall Care’s St Breock residential home in Wadebridge.

With personal wellbeing a priority after almost two years of pandemic restrictions, staff and residents joined forces to transform the formerly rather drab room into a calming haven.

Local councillor Robin Moorcroft donated £100 to the cause, the Nail Bar contributed equipment and a local photographer gifted a picture. The room now boasts a nail bar, foot spa, hand massager – together with bold coloured paint and wallpaper, new tiles, birds of paradise and ornamental trailing plants to give it a tropical forest theme.

“We wanted to create a sensory experience that feels welcoming and relaxing,” said St Breock home manager Pauline Shilson. “I can honestly say it’s working wonderfully well. Family members come in and use it with their loved ones, our hairdresser Heather has it as her once a week base and my team have also been in there for sessions with Cornwall Care’s wellbeing coordinator.

“After everything that has happened recently, the opportunity to enjoy some pampering has become even more important. I’d like to thank Robin Moorcroft who visits us regularly and everyone else in the local community who has supported this project. It’s making such a difference.”

St Breock is a 37-bed residential home that cares for older people with physical health needs and different types of dementia. It is one of sixteen homes run by the charity Cornwall Care.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in creating St Breock’s ‘Paradise Spa’,” said Anne Thomas, CEO of Cornwall Care. “We all need a little pampering from time to time and this room is the perfect place to achieve that.”

For more information, visit www.cornwallcare.org