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Nightingale unveils plans

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-11-09

Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Radical plans to update Jewish old aged home, Nightingale will see a respite unit being built on its south west London site were announced at a fundraising dinner which raised £1m and featured guest speaker Simon Schama CBE.

As well as the respite unit, new Nightingale chairman Harvey Rosenblatt has announced other development plans which will see the home update itself over the next decade.

“A team of specialist architects together with our own professionals and clinicians have been deeply involved in the design process," said Rosenblatt. "Most importantly the rooms will be multi-functional and be readily adaptable to the requirements both medical and psychological of any resident."

Speaking to the guests at the fundraising dinner at London's Guildhall, celebrity professor Simon Schama CBE spoke of his own personal experience of Nightingale where his own mother was a resident for the last year of her life. It was, according to Schama a "caring, humane and lively place".