Shaw healthcare is teaming up with Liverpool Council on a £21m investment in boosting the city’s care home provision.

Shaw has won a contract to build three, 50 bed flexible facilities by the end of 2019, which will provide care for the elderly, including those living with dementia.

“Shaw healthcare is proud and excited to be selected by Liverpool City Council to deliver this important project that will provide a huge boost to the City in terms of its ability to meet the needs of vulnerable people right across the city,” said Suzanne Hughes, Deputy CEO of Shaw healthcare.

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“The aims of this project echoes Shaw’s own values of wellness, kindness and happiness; which means a commitment to providing high quality care services that enable elderly and vulnerable people to enjoy the best possible quality of life, supported by well-trained staff in a caring environment.

“As a co-operatively run company, we also welcome the commitment to offering at least the National Living Wage to all employees working within the three centres, regardless of age, and to building strong links with the local community and local organisations, something that we strive to do at all the care homes we manage across the country.”

The new services will be flexible step-up, step-down facilities used to support people who would otherwise end up in hospital.

The city council spends almost £50 million a year on residential and nursing care, plus a further £11 million on dementia and memory loss services. The investment – being considered by the Cabinet on Friday 1 September – 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 by 2020. The council will borrow the money to build the centres with the repayments covered by income from the leases on each site.

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