Pupils from Downs View School in Brighton took part in a ground breaking ceremony for Bupa Care Homes’ new flagship care home on Thursday 26 April, burying a time capsule in the new grounds before building begins.
The new 80-bed Dean Wood Nursing and Residential Care Home will provide specialist nursing care and has been carefully designed to create a stimulating environment for people living with dementia. It will create more than 100 new jobs in the local area.
Bupa’s chief executive, Stuart Fletcher, addressed the visitors before the artefacts were placed in the earth, with pupils selecting items that reminded them, their family and friends, of Brighton past and present.
Mark Elliott, Bupa’s regional director, said,
“The children have done a great job of burying a snapshot of the present day so a big thank you to everyone who helped make the day so memorable.
“This state of the art care home, which is a new investment for Bupa in the area, will provide much needed support and we welcome the opportunity to be part of the wider community to ensure Dean Wood offers a real home to residents of Brighton and surrounding areas.”
Following the ceremony, guests were taken to Downs View School for lunch and provided with an opportunity to learn more about the purpose-built care home and its specialist care facilities.
To encourage engagement, memory triggers and items of interest will be situated around the home, to aid connections with the past for people living with dementia, and the care home will feature large ensuite bedrooms, secure gardens and family and dining areas.
Dean Wood Nursing and Residential Care Home is due to be completed in early 2013.
Bupa International, Bupa’s international health insurance division, has been headquartered in Brighton since the 70s, so the company is now set to employ over 700 people in the city in total.