National provider of specialist dementia care, Vida Healthcare, has launched a state-of-the-art care home in Harrogate.
The 100-bed Vida Court, which is set to welcome its first residents in November 2021, creating over 200 jobs, features a 12-seater cinema, hair salon, convenience store and coffee shop.
Following the impact of COVID-19, the home has been designed so that each bedroom has a large glass window and every house within the home has a garden room to ensure good ventilation.
Air exchange has been included to ensure clean air constantly flows throughout the building. The natural light and views from the windows and garden rooms have been designed to maintain a good level of mental wellbeing for both staff, residents and their family members when visiting.
A continuous walkway has been incorporated into the design of every house within Vida Court as a crucial aspect of specialist dementia care provision. The walkways will enable residents to move freely throughout their home, and walk with purpose, supporting individuals who like to keep active.
Sensory TV windows, walls and artwork (pictured) will provide residents with opportunities to interact with different environments and stimulate memories and positive behaviours which may have been buried due to their dementia. Circadian lighting has also been installed to help residents prepare naturally for sleep and waking to maintain a regular routine which supports effective caregiving.
James Rycroft, Managing Director at Vida Healthcare, commented: “At Vida we’re committed to delivering the highest quality care to people living with dementia from across the UK and beyond. We hope that Vida Court, which integrates the most cutting edge facilities and technology, will end the perception of care homes as a last resort.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming our new staff members and residents to our home of the future and leading the way in care delivery to some of our most vulnerable people. We hope that as more care home operators develop cutting edge care homes, the UK will become the global leader for high quality care for people with chronic conditions and the elderly.”
Vida Court’s interiors were designed by Nanu Soda. The building structure was designed by Alan Powell of Den Architecture. The home was built by Caddick Construction.