Borough Care Ltd, a charity that provides beds and services for older people in the Stockport area, has been awarded £20m by its council to improve and modernise care homes.
The funding will be used to improve care for the rising number of elderly residents in the area who have increasingly complex conditions.
“With a rising population of older people and the need to plan for increased and more complex personal needs in the future, this £20m investment will deliver a real benefit for the community,” said Steven Normansell, chairman of Borough Care.
Some of the money will be used to improve physical conditions such as adding en-suite bathrooms and dementia-friendly spaces. The charity aims to upgrade systems that will improve outcomes for residents. “By incorporating the latest care technology, with new understandings of support for ageing, our homes will help people stay independent for longer and enhance their quality of life, in more comfortable and inspiring surroundings,” explained Mr Normansell.
Environments will be planned to University of Stirling Dementia Design Gold Standards and include the latest in care technology and dementia design using the ‘Somewhere to go, Something to see, Something to do’ principle.
Stockport Cllr Keith Holloway, executive member for supporting adults said: “The world of social care has moved on significantly since these care homes were transferred out of Council control and leased by Borough Care Ltd some twenty years ago. Investing in this programme of improvements will help to ensure we can continue to provide suitable care places for older people now and for many years ahead.
“Our two organisations will be working hand in hand to ensure that the needs, care and safety of residents remain our top priority.”