Colten Care’s £8 million St Catherines View nursing home offers the latest in specialist care facilities to support and enable people living with the condition.
The ethos of the 56-bed home is to retain practical life skills and independence for as long as possible through shared daily activities in dedicated house groups of up to 15 residents.
They will benefit from imaginative use of colour, texture and themed rooms offering a variety of activities to stimulate memory work and social interaction.
Easy access to secure, carefully landscaped grounds will enable residents to enjoy the health benefits of being outdoors. There is a wildlife garden, bat house, sensory gardens, a swing and a bright red tractor as a prominent focal point.
The home, in Stanmore Lane, will employ 80 members of staff, all of whom will complete Colten Care’s own accredited training programme endorsed by Bournemouth University.
Colten Care already has two specialist dementia care homes which have achieved the status of Practice Development Unit, a badge of professional excellence in clinical governance.
Fernhill and The Aldbury in Dorset are the first privately-run dementia care homes in the UK to have achieved the status.
The opening of St Catherines View comes as the Alzheimers Society estimates there are around 800,000 people in England living with dementia. The costs to society are estimated at £23 billion a year.
As we live longer, the numbers of people living with the condition are set to rise. It is predicted that one in three people over the age of 65 will develop some form of dementia*.
In March 2012, the government announced a major new drive to improve dementia care in the UK. Steps include a doubling of research funds, earlier diagnosis and greater awareness-raising.
The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Barry Lipscomb, will officially open the home at 12 noon on Wednesday, 9th May.
* Alzheimer’s Society Dementia 2012 Report - http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/download_info.php?fileID=1389