An £8 million North Swindon care home that will employ 200 staff has welcomed its first residents.
Abbey House in Abbey Meads will specialise in providing residential and nursing care for 73 people.
Erica Pryce, registered nurse manager at the home, said: “We’re excited to be welcoming our first residents to Abbey House, a new state-of-the-art care home which will play an important role in meeting the demand for quality care for the elderly, particularly those living with dementia.”
Abbey House will specialise in providing both residential and nursing care for people with all stage of dementia, from those who are physically active, to people who may have medical conditions complicated by living with dementia requiring nursing care and those who require end of life care.
Erica added: “With the town’s population growing faster than the national average – and the number of those aged over 75 rising by 4-5 per cent each year – local health and social care services are under severe pressure. While it is possible to develop dementia early in life, the chances of doing so increase dramatically with age, so it is vital that this need for high quality, specialist care is addressed by the opening of new care homes such as Abbey House.”
The state of the art home includes garden, balcony, hair salon and activity rooms.
Each floor is equipped with features such as specialist lights and windows to ensure the best level of care is provided.
Once all the rooms are occupied, the home will be split into six units, known as communities, depending on level of care needed.