Throughout this year Dorward House has been celebrating 175 years since opening.
A variety of celebrations have been planned to mark the special occasion, writes Hannah Messer. A series of talks for residents covering a wide variety of topics have occurred on subjects such as nursing memories, memories of Montrose with slide-shows and postcards, and Violet Jacob of the House of Dun and her poetry - with many more planned.
The 2nd and 5th Montrose Brownies visited Dorward House, as part of the Big Brownie Birthday, to sing songs to residents and recite poetry.
The Brownies also modelled Brownie uniforms which many of the residents remembered from their childhood.
A Gala Day is set to take place on Saturday, August 9, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the community to enjoy. The Gala will take place in the beautiful grounds at Dorward House.
Most recently, an Anniversary Tea took place at the house for family and friends on Sunday (July 29).
The house was completed in June 1839 to provide accommodation for one hundred residents. The Board of twenty four Trustees appointed by Mr Dorward had been charged to ensure the house was built within one year at a cost of no more than £2,000. We are told they under spent by 2/9d (14p). The orders for Dorward House are laid down by Acts of Parliament and by Royal Consent and have been adapted to meet today’s requirements.
Today, Dorward House is a residential home for 40 residents with all rooms en-suite.
The home offers 24-hour residential care with 32 places in the main house and eight places in the Fairview unit for residents with high-dependency needs.
Dorward House also offers respite care for older people which would enable families to benefit from a short break.
The house boasts a fully-trained staff group which is led by manager Deborah Phillips and senior care officers. The teams within the house are care staff, kitchen staff and domestic staff as well as a gardener and handyman who maintains the extensive grounds.
The residents are encouraged to use the garden for recreational purposes as well as mini gardening projects.
The Fairview unit has a fully-enclosed sensory garden directly accessed from the unit with circular paths and a greenhouse for resident use.
Person centred care is provided within Dorward House with each resident being treated as an individual and their assessed needs always considered within their care plan.
There are a variety of activities provided on a daily basis to maintain both physical and mental stimulation.
Some activities are provided on an individual basis and some as a group interest such as talks, coffee mornings, musical entertainment and games.
For more information on Dorward House visit their website at www.dorwardhouse.com. The website offers pictures inside the house, information on the facilities available as well as an extensive history of the house from 1838 to the present day.