Belong Warrington, a new state-of-the-art £9.5 million care village, is now open on Loushers Lane, Warrington. Facilities at the care village include a bistro, hair salon, exercise studio, function rooms and therapy rooms, all of which are open to members of the wider community as well as people living within the village.
Care services, including home care, Experience Days (day care centred in the village amenities) and an Admiral Nurse service for people with dementia, are all operated from Belong Warrington. Belong is recognised as an international leader in dementia care, based on a village model that combines specialist care with choice, independence and an active lifestyle.
Designed by Manchester and London based architects, Pozzoni, a specialist in ‘personal architecture’ and designing for the needs of older people, the new care village was built by the Warrington-based Cruden Construction. Belong Warrington is the fifth community care village to open in the North West, following in the footsteps of successful sites in Macclesfield, Crewe, Wigan and Atherton.
General Manager, Janine Curwell, who brings extensive experience of running a Belong village from her former role as General Manager at Belong Macclesfield, explains: “The Belong village model is all about ensuring wellbeing. One of the reasons we allocate so much space to public facilities is to attract members of the local community and create richer interactions for our household residents.”
The village households are specialist care settings, providing 24-hour care, including nursing and dementia care. The village also has 18 apartments where people can live independently.
Tracy Paine, Belong Operations Director, explains: “Our starting point in designing our villages is the needs of the person with dementia. Belong village households are very different from a traditional care home setting. Their open plan layouts maximise independence and create a very homely environment, based around the kitchen at its hub. Residents enjoy the appetising smells of meals being cooked and are able to join in meal preparation and clearing up activities if they wish. It gives people a real sense of ownership of their home and has been proven to make a real difference to enabling people to maintain daily living skills.”
Belong Warrington is also home to The Belong Garden, which won designer Carolyn Hardern a silver award at the RHS Tatton Show 2013. The garden is designed to provide a sense of place, reminiscence and sensory enjoyment for people living with dementia. Plants have been selected for scent, sound and movement, while features such as its ‘figure-of-eight’ path, vintage posters and planting aid navigation and evoke memories of times gone by.