Care UK invites local community to view Haverhill’s new care home plan
Plans for a new bespoke care home and wellbeing centre to be developed by Care UK on the site of the former Chalkestone Middle School in the town will be on show this Thursday (March 14) at a public exhibition at Haverhill Library on Camps Road from 2pm to 6.15pm.
The state of the art facilities on Millfields Way will provide nursing and specialist dementia care in addition to residential care and are part of Suffolk County Council’s vision for the care of growing numbers of older people including those with dementia.
Care UK and its developer Castleoak, a highly regarded company that works exclusively in the care sector, will be on hand throughout the exhibition on 14th March to answer questions about the plans for the new home, which will accommodate 60 residents, and the adjacent wellbeing centre which will provide day care clubs. After the consultation Care UK will apply for planning approval, ensuring any concerns or issues raised are addressed in the submission.
Chris Hopkinson, Regional Operations Director, Care UK, said: “We know some people in Haverhill have been concerned about the future care and services for older people in the town so we are very pleased to be able to present our plans at this public consultation event where we will be able to answer questions.”
He added: “The new care home and wellbeing centre will provide additional levels of nursing and specialist care compared to what Place Court currently provides and the services will be accessible to the whole Haverhill community, catering for the growing ageing population in the local area.”
Councillor Noble, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care at Suffolk County Council said: “We were absolutely committed to providing a new home and wellbeing centre for the people of Haverhill. Throughout this project I have worked closely with local county councillors and other key stakeholders to make sure the voice of Haverhill residents informed decisions taken about the future of care facilities in the town.”
Councillor Noble continued: “I would urge everyone to go along and look at the plans and give their views to make sure the best possible facilities are delivered for Haverhill. Care UK has a proven track record of delivering high quality care in state of the art facilities - this is what I want for the people of Haverhill.”
Local County Councillor Anne Gower said: “I am delighted that Haverhill will have a new purpose built home to make sure the care needs of local people are met now and in the future.
“This new home will support staff in delivering high quality care for the most vulnerable in our society - I want nothing less for the town of Haverhill and I am glad that people will now be able to see what Care UK are proposing.”
Residents of the nearby Place Court residential home in the town will have the opportunity to move into the bespoke new care home, which will be designed on two floors with spacious, light and airy bedrooms with en suite shower facilities.
To give a homely feel, small groups of residents will share their own dining room and lounge and the new home will also have a garden and a sitting out area, with attractive facilities including a café, hairdressers and small cinema.
There will also be many communal areas for residents to meet with family, friends and fellow residents.
The adjacent wellbeing centre will provide day care activities and clubs which will help older people to maintain their independence for longer in their own homes and give valuable respite services for family carers.
The residents of Place Court and their families are seeing all the plans for the new care home and wellbeing centre during a consultation event being held before the public exhibition on March 14.
Subject to planning approval, work will begin in September 2013 with the new facilities due to open in September 2014, after which Place Court will close.
The plan for Haverhill fits into a county-wide plan for ten new care homes and ten new wellbeing centres in Suffolk, helping meet the increased need for more nursing and specialist care for older residents, including those with dementia. The new facilities will replace Suffolk County Council’s former homes and wellbeing centres, which Care UK took responsibility for from December 1, 2012 and which date mainly from the 1960s and 1970s.
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