Milestones Trust expanded its dementia care offering this summer with a new home in Swindon.
Developed with care home specialist Castleoak, Abbey House is a 73-bed nursing home on three levels with six wings, each with their own kitchenette and catering.
Milestones Trust CEO John Hoskinson (pictured) told Care Home Professional: “We have for some time as a Trust been looking to expand our dementia care. Dementia care is one of our strengths. Castleoak approached us and said we have this plot of land are you interested? The £6m build has come on very much as planned. Castleoak have built it and we have financed it.”
The building has been designed so that the level of dementia care increases from the ground to first and second floors.
While the building is a good example of a state of the art dementia care facility, John said that long lead times meant providers faced a constant challenge in keeping up with the latest design and care developments.
“There’s a lot of discussion about what form the next dementia care home will take – is it a home like this or something much smaller?” said John.
“There are various models being considered. The trouble is you are often a generation behind because you invest for three years to get to this point. You need to have a flexible building so you can have different levels of care and different ways of doing it.”
The challenges of offering quality dementia have not put off the charity from seeking to expand its offering in this part of the market, however.
“We have three dementia homes. We are about to launch our next strategic plan to decide how far we take our dementia service,” John said.