Good Life star Richard opens new care home

Care home residents in Chiswick got a taste of the good life as one of Britain's favourite TV stars opened a new £1 million unit.

Actor Richard Briers, who lives in Chiswick, cut the ribbon unveiling a new dementia unit at Clifton Gardens residential care home near Chiswick Common last Saturday (September 29).

As ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society The Good Life sitcom star was asked to ceremonially open the new extension, which has been named The Hogarth Unit.

Mr Briers said: "There are 700,000 people with dementia in the UK and this will soar to nearly one million in the next 20 years. That's why it's so important to have quality care, training and treatment for people with dementia and support for their families."

He thanked the Hounslow Branch of the Alzheimer's Society and staff at Clifton Gardens.

"You're doing such a marvellous job that all too often goes unrecognised. Thank you," he said.

Councillor Pamela Fisher, lead member for adult social services and health at the council, said: "Dementia is a cruel disease. It doesn't discriminate affecting people from all backgrounds and cultures."

Funded by Hounslow Primary Care Trust and North West London Strategic Health Authority, The Hogarth Unit has eight new specialist dementia care beds, an activities room, living space, a kitchen and an inside garden.

The extension improves the home's ability to care for more people with dementia by increasing the number of beds provided to 42.