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Luxurious new nursing home in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward offers golden years to the aged

By George Lloyd, grape Japan

On Sept 1, nursing home provider Care 21 opened Plaisant Grand Nakano Saginomiya, a private nursing home for the elderly in Nakano Ward, Tokyo.

Osaka-based Care 21 has built and runs 450 nursing homes across Japan, and this is its 43rd private nursing home. Plaisant Grand Nakano Saginomiya promises residents home from home levels of comfort and care, combining a high-quality lifestyle with comprehensive nursing services.

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Plaisant Grand Nakano Saginomiya is in Saginomiya, a quiet low-rise residential area in Nakano, a ward west of Shinjuku in Tokyo. It is a three-story building, with a façade elegantly designed to blend in with the surrounding houses.

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The interior of each room is clad with natural wood, lending it a sophisticated yet calming atmosphere. Each room has its own spacious toilet, easily accessed from a wheelchair, and each toilet bowl has armrests and backrests, making it easy to lean on and find a comfortable position.

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Sitting in the dining room, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were in a top-class hotel. There is a restaurant-style system whereby you can choose from multiple menus for breakfast and lunch, and there are always specials available, using seasonal ingredients. Supervised by a registered dietitian, Plaisant Grand staff prepare delicious, nutritious meals. There is no risk that of getting bored of the food.

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The layout of tables and chairs in the bright, open dining room has also been designed with wheelchair users in mind. There is plenty of room to come and go, and the movable partitions allow the space to also be used for mobility classes.

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In the garden, there is a wooden deck where you can take the sun with a coffee and the morning papers. There is also a rehabilitation space with small stairs and paths for those wanting to stretch and strengthen their legs.

Plaisant Grand encourages residents to incorporate walking training into their daily lives and provides the support that some elderly people need to stay active. There is a physiotherapist who can design an exercise routine for you and nursing staff to lend a hand when you need it.

In terms of healthcare, Plaisant Grand offers an expert, comprehensive service, in collaboration with residents’ family doctors and the in-house team of resident nurses and caregivers.

For residents living with the debilitating effects of dementia, nursing home provider Care 21 has an original dementia care package that it has honed over many years’ experience of helping dementia sufferers get the most out of life.

There is a concierge who can attend to every individual’s needs and is more than happy to accompany residents who would like to go shopping in Saginomiya, where they will find a traditional shopping street and shops catering to all their daily requirements.

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In addition, there is a family guest room on the ground floor, where family members can stay, so residents can meet up with family members as if they were at home. It comes equipped with a kitchenette and bathroom and is available for rent by the hour or by the night. The facility is also equipped with a large car park, making it easy for families to visit by car.

For those who prefer to come by train, Plaisant Grand Nakano Saginomiya is just a 10-minute walk from Fujimidai station on the Seibu Ikebukuro line and a 14-minute walk from Saginomiya station on the Seibu Shinjuku line.

Prices vary according to the size of room. An 18-square-meter room will set you back a thoroughly reasonable ¥346,700 per month, while a 36-square-meter room can be yours for the only marginally less reasonable price of ¥673,400.

For more details about Plaisant Grand Nakano Saginomiya, please see the website here.

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This place is beautiful. Let's just hope that the staff quality is the same.

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The interior of each room is clad with natural wood, lending it a sophisticated yet calming atmosphere. 

I bet it isn't "clad with natural wood". That would not pass the fire regs for a new build. It'll be non-flammable (fu'nenzai) or near non-flammable (jun-fu'nenzai) sheeting, hopefully actual wood veneer backed with plasterboard. If they are less lucky, it'll just be a plastic sheet with a printed wood pattern stuck to plasterboard.

The very dark stuff on the wall and ceiling of that room certainly doesn't look like natural wood. The decking looks like the long life stuff which is compressed sawdust mixed with resin. This is a useful material, but it is not "wood".

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An 18-square-meter room will set you back a thoroughly reasonable ¥346,700 per month

That's out of reach of most workers and it's tiny.

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Really nice place but quite pricey. If they have some like these in Okinawa, I would be interested and they'd probably be cheaper and the weather would be nicer. Can't see being elderly and living in a really expensive place like Tokyo.

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Pretty pricey. I may just save up a few million yen and move to the Philippines and enjoy myself until the end.

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Not for the average Japanese then...

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