A NEW care home inspired by legendary Hanley nightspot The Place has officially been opened by Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.
With a sweet shop, bar, coffee shop and hair salon, ‘The Place Up Hanley’ Care Home will offer dedicated care to dementia sufferers.
The team behind the venture includes businessman Bill Morris, who ran The Place nightclub through its 1960s and 70s heyday.
Along with his son Phil, Mr Morris has worked for the past two-and-a-half years to reopen the former Mary Bourne Care Home, in Wooliscroft Road, Bucknall.
The centre has already welcomed its first resident – with a further 23 people registered.
Phil Morris, the director of care provider Safe Harbour, said: “We’re very happy to be finally, officially open.
“The support we had on our opening day was great so see, we have had so much positive feedback.
“We felt this area didn’t have great provision for care, but now we can provide care to vulnerable people.
“We are very much looking to go above and beyond the call of duty in caring for our residents. we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels.”
Music is also piped through the corridors, while free Wi-Fi is available.
The cost of the two-year project, which includes the purchase of the building, is estimated to be around £1.2 million and could see a total of up to 60 staff employed there.
Cutting the ribbon, darts ace Phil Taylor said: “I’m a big fan of Bill, he was very kind to my mother and the family.
“The home looks absolutely perfect. Places like this are the future for dementia care, so I think it will do brilliantly.
“I’m sure Bill will make this place a success – although he hasn’t got a dartboard up yet.”
Managing director of Safe Harbour Caroline Foster said: “Obviously having facilities such as this will stimulate the senses of our residents.
“It will give the place a more homely feel and, for those unable to get out, it will give them some semblance of their life outside the home.
“That is very important for people suffering with dementia. It is key to making them as comfortable as possible.
“Dementia is a terrible illness and we want to give them a high quality of life. The facilities are excellent and it makes for a great environment.”
Bill said: “These facilities will be a massive help to those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, and it is thanks to Phil, we have been able to transform the old building.”