A NEW care home was opened on Saturday by Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin.
The Derbyshire Dales MP cut the ribbon at the converted Ashbourne Lodge Care Home on Derby Road.
Mr McLoughlin said: "It is very important for those going into care to have a facility close to their homes and so Ashbourne Lodge will be a great asset to the area.
"I'm pleased that Milford Care are operating this home in my constituency and it is a beautiful facility.
"We are all living longer, so care for elderly people is absolutely necessary."
Ashbourne Lodge Care Home is housed in the former Miraj Hotel which has been refurbished.
It has a cinema room where residents will be able to watch films and TV.
The home is owned by the award-winning Milford Care Homes, who also operate homes in Belper, Milford and Alfreton and further afield in Arnold and Hucknall.
The owner of Milford Care, Gerald Hudson, said: "I am delighted that our new care home is now open. Today has been the culmination of three years of work to ensure the conversion and refurbishment of this former hotel can offer the best possible standards of care for our residents. We are proud of our track record and our awards success, but what matters to us is the quality of care we offer our guests."