Show apartments at a state-of-the-art care home in Kenilworth for people with dementia have been officially opened, as the £10.5 million development nears completion.
Run by Warwickshire-based charity WCS Care, one of only two care home groups in England to have four homes recognised as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, Castle Brook on Common Lane will be home to 84 people when it welcomes its first residents in December.
Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s chief executive, said: “Castle Brook will challenge many people’s ideas about what a care home is and the quality of life they can expect.
“We believe in creating vibrant, bustling environments led by the residents who live there – it’s about independence and ensuring people continue to do the things they enjoy doing and have always done, as well as providing new opportunities they hadn’t considered; Castle Brook will be no different.”
Pictured left with Christine, Cllr Jose Compton, portfolio holder for adult social care at Warwickshire County Council, cut the ribbon to launch the show apartments and rooms.
Facilities at the home include an on-site shop to pick up groceries, a coffee shop serving drinks and cakes, a hair salon, relaxing spa, traditional laundrette and in-house cinema.
For residents who enjoy being active, there will be a full and varied activities and exercise programme seven days a week that also promotes the benefits of spending time outdoors, where there will be an abundance of secure space including gardens, a walking path and water features.
Fingerprint recognition for visitors and staff, intelligent lifts that appear when someone stands in front of them, and advanced night-time monitoring software that contributes to a better night’s sleep are among some of the advanced features being installed.
In addition, there will be an internet-based care system which includes a gateway for relatives to check their loved one’s care at any time.