The Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP, paid a visit to Borough Care’s Wellcroft home to see first-hand an excellent example of social care, delivered in an imaginative way. Wellcroft provides accommodation and care for 42 older people living with dementia.
During his visit, Tim Farron, accompanied by Mark Hunter, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, viewed the onsite facilities at Wellcroft and chatted to residents, their families and staff. Wellcroft has been designed as a community, with residents having their own real life shop and pub to visit. Borough Care’s Daniel Cole, Home Manager of Wellcroft, explains: “We wanted to give residents the feeling of living in a community so we redesigned the site to be like a village. They can go out and buy things at the onsite shop and have a drink in their own local pub. Inside the main building all the corridors have different street names and each resident has their own front door painted in an individual colour, just as they would on their own house. As far as I’m aware, we were one of the first developments to take this approach and it is now being seen more widely. During his visit, Tim Farron was keen to hear how residents have benefitted from our novel approach.”
Ingrid Smillie, Interim CEO at Borough Care, says: “At Borough Care, we’re proud of the level of service we provide for older people and it was great that Tim Farron visited Wellcroft and saw for himself the facilities and care we offer. It is through the dedication and commitment of our staff that we can offer our residents and their families true person-centred care, with the comfort and respect we would all hope to receive in our old age.”