Abbeyfield Society to open £9m dementia care home in Berkshire

Care home operator Abbeyfield Society will open a state of the art dementia care home in Berkshire next month.

The purpose-built dementia home for 60 residents in Winnersh will include hair salon, library and cinema with popcorn machine, the Express reports.

Commenting on the building’s circular design that is intended to minimise disorientation for residents, April Dobson, head of dementia innovation at Abbeyfield, said: “We’ve tried to avoid those cavernous spaces often associated with care homes.”

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The home’s features also include calming coloured interiors and innovative mood lighting.

Doors to rooms are colour coded and feature memory boxes containing family mementos to aid navigation.

Features also include a team room, with further plans for a pub. To help residents distinguish between day and night staff will wear pyjamas.

Activities will be provided including baking, painting and gardening.

The home was developed and built by Castleoak, which managed all elements of the project from identifying the optimum site, securing secure planning permission, designing the home, which was pre-fabricated at the company’s in-house timber frame factory, and building and fitting it on site.

Abbeyfield is a non profit operator with around 80 homes in the UK.

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