Care home to reopen to meet rising demand

Karen Knight Norsecare

Norfolk County Council’s arms length company NorseCare is to reopen Mountfield Care Home in Millcroft due to rising dementia care demand.

The home was one of four shut by NorseCare last year when residents were moved to a new £19m care village (see THE BIG INTERVIEW: Karen Knight, managing director, NorseCare).

Karen Knight, managing director of NorseCare, (pictured) told the Eastern Daily Press: “We are now in a position where it is obvious we are not going to be able to meet the needs of the growing number of people with dementia, so we have got to invest in those care homes around Norfolk that we have got.

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“Looking at Norwich, what we have decided is to keep Mountfield and to completely refurbish it as a dementia unit.”

NorseCare had planned to sell Mountfield along with the three other closed homes.

Somerley House in Somerleyton Street, has been sold for £1.1m, Heathfield, in Cannell Green, for £701,000 and Philadelphia House in Penn Grove for £610,000.

The buyers of the homes have not been disclosed.

Mountfield is expected to reopen towards the end of next year.

Karen added: “We have got to get it up to standard and are looking at 39 units in there. But we are also looking at whether we could also build an extension to it.”

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