Liverpool is to get a £30m boost for its adult social care services after its council’s cabinet recommended plans for three new care centres and improved accommodation for people with learning disabilities.
The proposals, which are due for completion by 2020, include three, 60-bed flexible facilities for people living with dementia and long-term residential and nursing care needs.
Suzanne Hughes, deputy CEO of Shaw healthcare, which has been selected as the care provider for the sites, said: “The visualisations are fantastic and really bring the project to life. The ergonomic considerations factored into the architecture means that those who use the service are in the ideal environment to receive the best person-centred care possible.
“We are looking forward to delivering high quality care to the people of Liverpool that supports our values of wellness, happiness and kindness.”
The investment in the hubs is part of a commitment by the council to meet the rising demand for dementia care services, as well as increased need for quality respite facilities for carers.
Cabinet member for adult social care and health, Cllr Paul Brant, said: “We have invested heavily in creating new social care hubs across the city in recent years, but more people are living longer and we need to make sure we have sufficient capacity in the social care system to meet the needs of people with dementia and other long-term care needs.
“This is against a backdrop of rising demand, massive cuts to our budget from central Government – £444 million between 2010 and 2020 – and increasing pressure on the NHS.
“The facilities we are creating will help ease pressure on other areas of the NHS which are under constant strain such as hospitals where beds are far more costly. Importantly, they will save the public purse money by ensuring that people aren’t tying up more expensive hospital beds.
“We have been careful to make sure that they are flexible facilities that can meet surges in demand and help to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and delays in ward discharges.”
Planning consent is being secured for the three facilities, each designed by Kier Architects to a future-proofed, dementia-friendly specification. Construction will be undertaken by Willmott Dixon Construction. Post construction, the council will enter into a 25-year lease agreement with Shaw healthcare to manage the care services provided at each location.