Care home gets seaside theme under revamp

Clasper Court has undergone a refurbishment. Mural painting Gavin Buckingham
Clasper Court has undergone a refurbishment. Mural painting Gavin Buckingham

Residents of a sheltered complex in South Tyneside are enjoying a room with a view thanks to a major revamp.

A mural of South Shields pier now also adorns the wall in the communal room at Clasper Court extra care housing complex, in South Shields – having been painted by South Tyneside Homes’ signwriter Gavin Buckingham.

Clasper Court has undergone a refurbishment. Resident june Pearce with coun Audrey McMillan (L) and manager Linda Staines

Clasper Court has undergone a refurbishment. Resident june Pearce with coun Audrey McMillan (L) and manager Linda Staines

The mural has brought back many memories for residents and was done as part of the Decent Homes programme.

As part of renovation works, each resident has been given a new bedroom, bathrooms with walk-in showers, new ceilings and re-wiring.

Those living at the 24-bed complex in Heron Drive, South Shields, have also seen the communal room split into two with a café on one side and a living room on the other.

Coun Audrey McMillan for the Beacon and Bents ward said: “The change in the complex has been absolutely phenomenal and has given a huge lift to everyone who lives and works here.

“It really is a home from home for the residents and everyone seems to be really pleased with the outcome.”

Manager Linda Staines said: “It has taken about a year to complete and we did have to move some residents out into empty apartments while work was being carried out, but I think everyone agrees it has all been worth it.”