Leading health and social care provider, Shaw healthcare, has been selected by Borough of Poole to manage and deliver specialist care and nursing services at a new 80-bed care home, following a competitive tender.
Figbury Lodge, in Canford Heath, will provide 50 care and 10 nursing beds, alongside 20 intermediate beds – a bridge between hospital and home – 10 of which will also be nursing. Plans for the building were approved by the Council’s planning committee earlier this year, with construction anticipated to begin in autumn 2017. The facility will open to residents in summer 2019.
Shaw healthcare’s proposal focused on the concept of the home becoming a ‘community hub’ that will offer facilities and services that will benefit people in the wider community, as well as residents. The home will include a number of innovative features, such as a dementia-friendly “memory café” and a safe haven, ensuring that residents at risk of isolation through dementia are engaged in activities and integrated into the life of the home.
Commenting on the announcement, Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Services, Borough of Poole, said: “Figbury Lodge will be a vital and rewarding asset for Poole, and will provide much needed care for vulnerable members of our community. I look forward to seeing work begin on the construction of Figbury Lodge, and seeing how it benefits the residents of Poole in the future.”
Shaw healthcare will sign a ten-year contract – which has the possibility of being extended a further five years. The project is likely to create around 130 new jobs as staff will be newly-employed rather than being transferred over from existing Council services. The service will also be utilising local products and services required to run a modern care service.
Suzanne Hughes, Deputy CEO of Shaw healthcare said: “We are delighted to be selected by Poole Borough Council to deliver high-quality nursing and dementia care as part of this contract. Figbury Lodge will provide 21st century accommodation for its residents in a caring environment and where they are able to enjoy the best quality of life. In line with our core values, we are keen for Figbury Lodge to become a pivotal part of community life in Canford Heath”.
She added: “Expanding into this part of Southern England demonstrates Shaw healthcare’s commitment to providing the very best services for elderly and vulnerable people across the UK”.