HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the new and adapted Livability spinal injury centre at Holton Lee, by Western Design Architects in 2017 and discussed the “importance of such a facility”. Set in 350 acres of SSSI at Holton Lee – a wellbeing discovery centre - this new facility provides specialist respite and rehabilitation services to those with spinal cord injury in a home from home environment.
Works included the complete refurbishment and extension of a former care home and the centre now provides 24hour nursing care within a fully accessible environment with 13 en-suite bedrooms, communal rooms, therapy gym and training kitchen. Training to cope with relearning after an injury is also provided for those transitioning back to their own home.
Nick Ashley Cooper, the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury also attended and spoke at the opening saying “as someone that has sustained and recovered from a spinal cord injury, I know personally what a life-changer it is and why the need for good rehabilitation is vital”.
Plans were also approved to extend Faith House, a light and airy self-contained venue building to provide an additional function room with spectacular views across the Dorset countryside and Poole Harbour.
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