Dementia home to help tackle bed blocking

A planned £8m dementia friendly nursing home in Erdington will offer rehabilitation as well as residential care to help ease pressure on the NHS by reducing bed-blocking.

The planning application for the 80-bed home has been submitted to Birmingham City Council by MACC Care.

Howard McCormack, Commercial Director of MACC Care, said: “We are a small, local company that specialises in providing superior, evidence-based and dementia-friendly accommodation that caters for the elderly and vulnerable and our research has identified the need for a purpose-built facility in Erdington.

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“We want to work closely with the council, councillors and the local community to assure them about our proposals and to listen to them about their needs. We pride ourselves on our values, which are consistent with maximising the quality of care for elderly, vulnerable people from all sections of society – not just the privileged.”

Facilities will include a gym specifically designed for the elderly; a library/quiet area with a cafe; a hair salon; cinema; and chapel-prayer area – all of which will be open to local residents over the age of 65.

As well as up to 80 new jobs, MACC Care will also be able to offer health care worker training and nursing training by linking up with nursing schools to provide nurse assistant placements and training.

A training/seminar room within the facility will also provide regular professional development seminar and assessments for the staff and trainees.

MACC Living, the organisation’s development arm, would also deliver excellent apprenticeships for up to six local people during the construction period.

MACC Care, which acquired the former public house site in April – eight months after the premises was put on the open market – runs two other care facilities in Erdington: Abbey Rose in Orchard Road, and Priestley Rose in Bromford Lane – both of which were rated good by the CQC when inspections were carried out earlier this year.

It aims to create a facility similar to its Austin Rose care home, in West Heath, which will open in August.

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