New residents and others involved in the project gathered to celebrate the official opening of Maitland Park.
The new home, the first to be completed under the Homes for Older People programme was completed in May and will provide accommodation for 60 older people.
Maitland Park provides state of the art residential care, with each room having en-suite bathrooms, guest rooms for relatives, an activity room, exercise area, café and beauty salon.
As part of the redevelopment, Gospel Oak Court will also provide 35 self-contained extra-care sheltered housing flats for people who are able to live independently with support. The flats have their own front doors and care staff are on hand 24 hours a day.
The move to build two new care homes, one on Maitland Park and a new one on the site at Wellesley Road came after it became clear that existing homes at Wellesley Road, Ingestre Road, St Margaret’s and Branch Hill would not be able to meet modern care home standards in the future. Rooms were small, few were en suite and the buildings restricted the type of services that could be provided.
The £25 million programme of investment to build the new homes will be funded by the disposal of sites at Ingestre Road, Branch Hill and St Margret’s once the new homes are completed.
Shaw healthcare has a 30 year, £122 million contract to deliver services to the homes.
Councillor Pat Callaghan, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet member for adult social care, Camden Council said:
“Maitland Park is a beacon of how facilities for older people should be designed and built.
“Through constant engagement with residents to be and their families we have been able to deliver a home that provides state of the facilities, extra care sheltered housing and a range of services to make this the jewel in Camden’s crown.
“While many of the residents already know each other from previous care homes in Camden, there is a real sense of a micro-community forming and it will be interesting to see how this continues to develop.”
Jeremy Nixey, CEO of Shaw healthcare said: “I would like to thank Camden for having the vision to create such an extraordinary facility for their residents and thank all involved for helping us to make that vision the reality it is today. I think that the residents have a home that they can be very proud of.”