A flagship care home developed by specialist construction partner to the care sector, Castleoak, for The Fremantle Trust, has achieved the University of Stirling Dementia Gold Standard and has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Building Better Care Home Awards 2015 to be announced in November. The 90 bed home, Fremantle Court in Stoke Mandeville, designed by architects Hunters, is part of a new generation of dementia friendly care homes that are changing the way residents with dementia are cared for.
James Wallace, Director at Hunters Architects, comments, “We set out to create a home of excellence for people living with dementia. Through innovation in the layout and interior design we have achieved the Stirling Gold Standard in a subtle and attractive way. The scheme majors on Visual Access which allows residents to enjoy their home whilst retaining their independence with freedom of choice to do or go where they want.”
Steve Flanagan, Chief Executive of The Fremantle Trust comments, “Fremantle Court is a key milestone in our strategy to deliver a new generation of specialist care homes in the UK. Working closely with Castleoak, we have used our combined sector expertise to produce a design blueprint for future homes, ensuring we continue to deliver the highest standard of dementia care.”
Craig Currie, CEO at Castleoak, comments, “We are delighted that the innovative care home we have delivered at Stoke Mandeville is starting to receive the accolades it deserves. Working in close partnership with The Fremantle Trust, we have focussed on achieving the rigorous dementia care standards set by Stirling University, and delivering a care home that we can all be proud of.”
Stirling University’s Gold Standard is awarded by their acclaimed Dementia Services Development Centre following an expert audit to determine whether a care home has been built to their exacting standards in dementia care. Fremantle Court achieved a final score of 96% and 100% for the essential features, with the report concluding that “there were numerous examples of best practice from the overall layout and principles to the small details.”
The Building Better Care Home awards will to be held in London on November 4th November.