WCS Care begins construction of £7.5m dementia home

Christine breaks the ground for the new home

Leading ‘outstanding’ care provider WCS Care has begun construction of a £7.5m specialist dementia home.

Designed for the Warwickshire-based charity by Warwick-based architects Robothams and built by Deeley Construction, the state-of-the-art care home will replace the former Woodside home on Spinney Hill, which closed for demolition in 2017 as part of the multi-million-pound redevelopment.

Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive, said: “The excitement is building as construction work begins on our inspirational new home in Warwick, which will feature many of the ideas and approaches that have already had a positive impact on health and wellbeing in our other homes.

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“Driven by our ambition to make every day well lived for residents, we’re creating a home that will push the boundaries of innovation and creativity, while – at the same time – providing a homely, family environment, supported by high quality care around the clock.”

Due to open in summer 2019, the new home will include family-scale households for up to seven people, with ensuite showers and toilets for everyone.

There will also be a relaxing spa, pamper salon, deluxe cinema, shop, café, and fully-staffed, traditional launderette, as well as table tennis and companion cycling for two – all designed to ensure the people who live there enjoy life as much as possible.

The new home will feature the latest technology that will enhance and integrate into daily life without being intrusive, including circadian rhythm lighting and night-time acoustic monitoring to help ensure a good night’s sleep.

Smart phone apps connected to mobile care monitoring will mean carers spend more time with residents. Care plans will be linked to a Relatives’ Gateway, where people can check and interact with their loved one’s care 24-hours a day, wherever they are.

Kenny Nelson, Relationship Director at Royal Bank of Scotland, which is supporting the project with a £5.9m funding deal, said: “The plans for WCS Care’s new home are very impressive and I am pleased that we are able to support the creation of such a vital new facility.

“The team provides an excellent standard of care from each of its properties and we are looking forward to working with them to aid the completion of this development.”

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