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2021 LEADERS IN CARE AWARDS SHORTLIST: CARE HOME DESIGN OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ThirdAge.Design)

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This awards recognises the homes combining the highest standards of dementia friendly design and luxury facilities, while also maximising infection control in a COVID environment.

We are delighted to announce that the 2021 shortlist includes the following names:

Richmond Villages – Bupa

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Richmond Villages Willaston champions community living for those with dementia, supporting them to live well with the condition while retaining their independence. It brings residents together to live in small households, where they are encouraged to continue day-to-day activities in a safe and social environment. This shared-living approach addresses the challenges of loneliness and isolation which remain prevalent amongst people with dementia. It is based on the Dutch ‘household’ care model. A new concept for the UK market, the model is redefining dementia care and creating an alternative to the traditional care home format, giving residents and families a choice, to find the care that’s best for them. The village was designed by dementia specialists across Bupa and Richmond Villages, and in partnership with experts from the University of Stirling. Bupa’s team also visited ‘household’ retirement villages in the Netherlands to experience the concept first-hand. The innovative approach to care also extends to staffing. In place of traditional support services such as cooks and cleaners, the village employs household assistants who encourage residents to retain independence, involving them in tasks like meal-planning, cooking, cleaning and gardening. Getting to know residents on a personal level, the assistants also organise activities to suit their individual interests and care needs.

Savista Developments & Hallmark Care Homes – Hutton View Hallmark Care Home

Savista Developments’ & Hallmark Care Homes’ latest completed project is Hutton View which they developed on behalf of their client Hallmark Care Homes, also their sister brand. Hutton View in Essex is the newest edition to Hallmark’s Care Home portfolio opening in October 2020. Featuring the latest design innovations, this 77-bedroom community with state-of-the-art facilities was adapted during the pandemic to incorporate new technology and initiatives to support residences, including an indoor COVID safe visiting area with a glass partition, well-stocked library and games room, a top floor activities room and large outdoor terrace. This home also boasts a farmhouse kitchen which uses the Montessori approach to support people living with dementia. Outside within the grounds there are several areas which support the Hallmark ‘Together Dementia Strategy’ encouraging residences to get fresh air all year around. The spacious landscaped gardens are designed to create the ultimate experience for residents with a putting green, aviary, summer house with a kitchen and WC, greenhouse and, finally, a gardening club area. The fabulous interior designs in the spacious bedrooms, include suites for couples and incorporate the latest thinking in luxurious ergonomic en-suite facilities.

Summerlands Care Home

Summerlands deserves to win this award as they have always put the best interest of their residents and staff at the centre of every decisions. They spent a lot of money investing in their garden so that their residents have the freedom to explore the outdoors.  Instead of building more rooms where they can earn more profit, Summerlands invest in their garden and outdoor space. From the time you enter the care home you will be greeted with lovely flowers and a water features.  The grounds have a patio surrounded by bananas and flowers.  They also have a pathway for the residents to use for exercise in the morning.  There are also plenty of chairs for the residents to sit.  They have a pond where residents can sit while enjoying the sound of the water and the songs of the birds. A lot of people says that Summerlands does not look like a care home.  It is a home with a lovely garden. Summerlands always strive to provide their residents with the best care and that involves freedom.  The residents are free to choose what time they want to get up, what time they want to go to bed, what they want for breakfast, or how they want to spend their day.  Residents are free to walk outside and enjoy the flowers and the sound of the water.  They do not feel that they are prisoners.  They have control over their life and care and that is very important in order to empower the residents.

Vida Healthcare – Vida Court

National provider of specialist dementia care, Vida Healthcare, launched its state-of-the-art care home in Harrogate in June. The 100-bed Vida Court, which is set to welcome its first residents in November, creates over 200 jobs, features a 12-seater cinema, hair salon, convenience store and coffee shop. Following the impact of COVID-19, the home has been designed so that each bedroom has a large glass window and every house within the home has a garden room to ensure good ventilation. Air exchange has been included to ensure clean air constantly flows throughout the building. The natural light and views from the windows and garden rooms have been designed to maintain a good level of mental wellbeing for both staff, residents and their family members when visiting. A continuous walkway has been incorporated into the design of every house within Vida Court as a crucial aspect of specialist dementia care provision. The walkways will enable residents to move freely throughout their home, and walk with purpose, supporting individuals who like to keep active. Sensory TV windows, walls and artwork will provide residents with opportunities to interact with different environments and stimulate memories and positive behaviours which may have been buried due to their dementia. Circadian lighting has also been installed to help residents prepare naturally for sleep and waking to maintain a regular routine which supports effective caregiving.

Mornington Court – Cinnamon Care Collection

Mornington Court offers residential, dementia and respite care with facilities including a private dining room, café-bar, cinema, exquisite lounges and dining rooms along with landscaped gardens. It is also equipped with the latest infection control innovations, including Ozone Decontamination Units, which have proven airborne disinfection capabilities. The luxury care home has 53 spacious en-suite bedrooms and two one bedroom care suites comprising of an en-suite bedroom, lounge and kitchenette, ideal for couples or those who prefer greater space and privacy. Opening the new home in May, Gemma Ridout-Bowden, General Manager, Mornington Court, said: “We are thrilled that Mornington Court is now open.  The care home feels like a boutique hotel from the minute you step through the front door – and the beautiful aesthetics are matched with the highest level of individual care that is so key to our ethos at Cinnamon care homes. We have a fantastic team and look forward to welcoming and getting to know more residents over the coming weeks and months.” Mornington Court is the 15th care home in the Cinnamon Care Collection.

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