Health and social care provider reaches milestone in £170 million investment strategy
Care UK’s investment in brand new care homes saw a peak of activity over the past few weeks as three beautiful new care homes opened their doors to new residents.
Over the past 15 months Care UK has opened nine other new, state-of-the-art care homes representing an investment of around £70 million. In total, Care UK expects to create 1,350 new jobs as part of its £170m growth strategy. These include full and part-time jobs with career opportunities for carers and nurses as well as chefs, administrators and as managers of both the care homes and the day clubs.
Two of the three recently opened were part of Care UK’s £60 million investment plan to help transform older people’s care in Suffolk in a partnership with Suffolk County Council. The third was Winchcombe Place in Newbury where the opening ceremony was presided over by Strictly Come Dancing star Ian Waite.
The two Suffolk care homes, Mildenhall Lodge in Mildenhall and Asterbury Place in Ipswich are spacious, modern, state-of-the-art care homes providing nursing care as well as residential accommodation. Unlike the old homes they have replaced, the nursing provision means if a resident’s needs change they don’t need to move to an alternative home or to hospital. The latest thinking in design, technology and decoration have been used to support the care of residents with dementia and both have landscaped gardens, a cinema, hairdressers, hobbies room and café.
Both homes have adjacent day clubs which will help older people locally to enjoy a regular day out treat, reduce loneliness, keep up with their favourite hobbies and enjoy a freshly cooked meal.
Care UK undertook research and focus groups with relatives and carers to help really understand what’s looked for in day care support so the clubs opening hours are flexible so that customers can attend at times which fit their and their families’ needs. The thoughtful design even includes a specially designed bathroom so that club members who are unable to use their own bath at home can enjoy getting clean in comfort with help on hand as required.
Care UK has another eight homes in Suffolk at various stages of completion – from homes that are nearly finished to work about to start on site for the last two.
The other home to open over the last fortnight, is Winchcombe Place in Newbury. This lovely new building will provides a range of care services for 80 older people, including residential and nursing care, specialist dementia care, short term respite care, and sensitive end of life care.
Visitors attending the opening were treated to a dazzling dance demonstration from Strictly star Ian Waite then given the chance to show off their own fancy footwork when Ian took the lead in an audience participation Cha Cha Cha.