Bermuda’s newest senior care residence is set to accept its first residents by the end of July and the beginning of August.
Dozens of people attended the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Cecilia’s Care Residency, located on Whaling Hill in Southampton, on Friday July 1. The brand-new facility was designed
to accommodate up to eight residents and has single, double and quadruple rooms. Some of the rooms were decorated by future residents’ family members, others were decorated by the
According to owner and founder of the home Valerie Arorash, RN, whose lifelong dream was to open and operate her own care facility, the home is designed for people over the age of sixty
who have disabilities or have had strokes, but who are not quite ready for long-term care.
The facility’s mission is to promote the dignity and self-worth of all, both residents and staff. The home has eight staff members, six of whom were trained through the Bermuda College’s
Nursing Assistant Program.
Ms. Arorash, who chose to name the home after her late mother Cecilia Jane, said that as of July 1, four residents are already confirmed to move in in August and they started accepting
enquiries back in May.
During the opening, Ms. Arorash said that this facility could not have come into fruition without the help of her family, the Telford family (who own the property where the facility is located), the main architect of the building Henry Ming, various people from the Department of Planning, Fiona Douglas from the Bermuda Health Council and many others. None of this would ever
have been possible, she added, without faith or help from God.
Mr. Ming, who made a brief speech at the ceremony, said that he was proud to have played a small part in this endeavor and added that Ms. Arorash shows the future residents as much love
and compassion that she showed him throughout this project, he may have to check himself in one day.
“ I encourage everyone to dream and allow your dream to take root and become a reality,” Ms. Arorash said. “ To my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all things are possible
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