Stockport Council has agreed to invest around £20 million to improve and modernise seven care homes operated by Borough Care Ltd in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
Borough Care Limited is a charitable organisation and is a leading provider of beds/services for older people in the Stockport area.
Chairman of Borough Care, Steven Normansell, said “With a rising population of older people and the need to plan for increased and more complex personal needs in the future, this £20m investment will deliver a real benefit for the community”
“We have been providing care and support in Stockport for over two decades, leading the way, particularly in regard to dementia care services. This venture will now allow us to modernise and provide homes that will give our residents rooms with en-suite facilities and dementia-friendly environments.
“By incorporating the latest care technology, with new understandings of support for ageing, our homes will help people stay independent for longer and enhance their quality of life, in more comfortable and inspiring surroundings.”
Current plans include all new and existing bedrooms to have en-suite facilities, with improved communal and living areas. Environments will be planned to University of Stirling Dementia Design Gold Standards and include the latest in care technology and dementia design using the ‘Somewhere to go, Something to see, Something to do’ principle.
Cllr Keith Holloway, Executive Member for Supporting Adults said: “The world of social care has moved on significantly since these care homes were transferred out of Council control and leased by Borough Care Ltd some twenty years ago. Investing in this programme of improvements will help to ensure we can continue to provide suitable care places for older people now and for many years ahead.
“Our two organisations will be working hand in hand to ensure that the needs, care and safety of residents remain our top priority.”
This programme of capital investment which is expected to take four to five years to complete, will be funded through prudential borrowing. All proposals will now be subject to relevant statutory approvals. including planning, with an estimated start on site date of early 2017.