A distinct dementia and alzheimer care home has been officially opened in Nottinghamshire.
The purpose-built £3.4m private run Lancaster Grange Care Home on the Fernwood Park Estate in Newark has been built by Bullock and is considered by owners, Barchester, as being one of its most important dementia developments to date.
The care home provides long and short term accommodation along with assessment and respite facilities catering specifically for those suffering from varying stages of dementia and alzhemiers.
Constructed by Bullock to a unique design specification, the centre features distinct building elements that will provide a more calming atmosphere for the residents making use of the facility. These include doors integrated into partition walls and carefully selected paint colours that will work to sooth and reassure the care homes ageing residents.
The 60 bed care home also incorporates areas including large open plan lifestyle kitchens and laundries where residents can engage in everyday tasks and take pleasure in activities including cooking and socialising.
Other outstanding design and build features include:
- Glass atriums providing naturally lit seating areas
- Landscaped gardens visible from all resident accommodation
- The use of objects of interest to help with ‘sensing’ routes around the building
- Extensive use of the colour yellow seen as a stimulating colour for dementia sufferers
The centre also houses a number of personal touches including memory boxes installed outside the rooms of all residents. Incorporating items such as pictures, memorabilia and other personal effects, the boxes are designed both to help residents feel at home and, for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, to recognise their living environment.
Outside there is a fully enclosed safe and secluded sensory garden, including planting areas, where residents, who are interested in gardening, can put their horticultural skills to use.
Speaking about the construction, Duncan Williams, Regional Director at Bullock said: “Lancaster Grange has been a hugely important development for us. This is a superb facility offering some very unique design and build features that will support and care for older people and those living with dementia.
“Many of these features, we believe, are starting to really shape the way centres that care for people with dementia are constructed. Using lots of natural light, atriums, open plan areas and well recognised colour schemes are known to impact very positively on the users of such facilities and we will be working in partnership with care providers on other similar schemes to make sure, where possible, these design elements are included as best practice.
“We are very proud of the fact that, working in partnership with Barchester, we have helped build such an outstanding care facility which will bring support to both residents and their families.”
Lancaster Grange was officially opened by three of the areas local heroes; Jim Weale, chair of Fenwood Parish Council; Howard Keeling, local historian and; Sue Lowe, winner of Newark & Sherwood’s 2012 Citizen of the Year Award.
The opening also featured a spitfire and hurricane flyover in honour of the Lancaster Bombers which flew from Newark in World War 2 and which led to the naming of the facility by children from nearby Claypole Primary School.
Speaking about the centre Kenneth McKenzie, Director at Barchester said: “We are immensely proud that Barchester has been able to make such a significant and considered investment in this kind of facility which will not only change residents’ lives for the better but will also help influence the way the industry provides support and accommodation for older people and those living with dementia.”
Barchester is one of the UK’s largest healthcare providers operating in 200 locations across the country and is a Top Employer 2013.
The Bullock Head Office is based in the West Midlands with regional offices located across England and Wales. The company employs approximately 450 people and has over 55 years’ experience delivering refurbishment and new build projects across both the domestic and commercial property sectors.