Shaw healthcare will open the first council commissioned care home in 25 years in Liverpool this week.
The £8m Brushwood home is part of a multi-million project to meet dementia care demand in the city (see Work begins on multi-million pound dementia care hubs in Liverpool). A second home, Millvina House, will open next month.
Mayor of London, Joe Anderson, said: “The decision to invest in these two new purpose-built care homes that will offer residential and dementia beds and carer respite is part of our invest to save strategy and will help ease pressure on other, more costly parts of the health service such as hospital beds and save the public purse money.”
Brushwood will provide 68 beds, 48 of which will be for long term care, including nursing and general residential care, with the remaining allocated for assessment.
Shaw healthcare has signed up to the Liverpool Social Value Charter and is paying its workforce above the National Living Wage while providing specialist training in safeguarding and dementia awareness.
Partnerships with local colleges and training organisations have enabled the care provider to recruit around 80% of staff from the local area with almost a quarter of the workforce previously unemployed.
Geraint Evans, commercial & development director for Shaw healthcare, said: “We are extremely proud to be working with Liverpool City Council and its contractors, Wilmott Dixon, and look forward to delivering high-quality, specialist and sustainable care services to the residents of Brushwood.
“The facility provides state of the art accommodation and our team has been through an industry leading training programme, all of which will help us to ensure that residents enjoy the best possible quality of life.”