The new £7.5 million dementia specialist care home in Warwick has officially started its construction work, marked with a ground-breaking ceremony. The event at the site was attended by residents, staff and guests, including Warwick Mayor Stephen Cross and Cllr Richard Edgington.
The care home will be operated by WCS Care and will replace the former Woodside care home. Due to open in summer 2019, the new home has been designed by Warwick based architects Robothams and will be built by Deeley Construction.
“Woodside was a lovely home and I had lots of happy times there, but this new home will be another chapter and an opportunity to create lots of new memories. It’ll be really exciting to see things take shape and I can’t wait to have a look around when it’s finished next year,” said former Woodside resident Val Hase.
The new care home will include family-scale household for up to seven people, with ensuite facilities, as well as a spa, cinema, salon, shop, café and launderette. The facility will also feature the latest technology, including circadian rhythm lighting and night time acoustic monitoring. Smartphone apps will be connected to mobile care monitoring, allowing people to check their loved ones’ care 24 hours a day.
“The excitement is building as construction work begins on our inspirational new home in Warwick, which will feature many of the ideas and approaches that have already had a positive impact on health and wellbeing in our other homes. Driven by our ambition to make every day well lived for residents, we’re creating a home that will push the boundaries of innovation and creativity, while – at the same time – providing a homely, family environment, supported by high quality care around the clock,” said Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s chief executive.
The care home benefitted from a £5.9 million funding deal from the Royal Bank of Scotland and its name will be chosen in the coming months.