Former health minister visits WCS Care home

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Former Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb MP has visited WCS Care’s £10.5m home in Kenilworth.

The former minister was invited to take a tour of Castle Brook on Common Lane, which will be home to 84 people and welcome its first residents in December.

The Liberal Democrat spokesperson for health and MP for North Norfolk (pictured second right) said: “Castle Brook provides a fantastic environment for its residents. I was particularly struck by the exemplary entertainment facilities and open spaces, as well as the friendliness of the staff.

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“There has been a real effort to create a sense of community where people can stay active in mind and body – giving them a life rather than an existence, which is absolutely essential for people with dementia.”

Run by the first care home provider to gain five outstanding ratings, Castle Brook features household style living and en suite rooms.

The home also includes double apartments for residents wanting to live together or to provide extra space for visiting friends and relatives.

Facilities include an on-site shop to pick up groceries, a coffee shop serving drinks and cakes, a hair salon, spa, launderette and in-house cinema.

There will be a full and varied activities and exercise programme seven days a week that also promotes the benefits of spending time outdoors.

There will also be a four-wheeled bicycle for two that will give residents, friends and family the opportunity to share and create memories together on a specially-designed cycle track.

State-of-the-art technology includes fingerprint recognition for visitors and staff, intelligent lifts that appear when someone stands in front of them, and advanced night-time monitoring software that contributes to a better night’s sleep.

Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s chief executive, said: “Castle Brook is challenging many people’s ideas about what a care home is and the quality of life they can expect.

“It will be a vibrant, bustling environment led by the residents who live there – it’s about independence and ensuring people carry on doing the things they’ve always enjoyed doing, while providing new opportunities they might not have considered, so that every day is well lived.”

 

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