New Haverhill care home on track to completion

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A new Care UK care home at Cleves Place in Haverhill is well on the way to completion following the topping out ceremony on Tuesday, July 15.

A new Care UK care home at Cleves Place in Haverhill is well on the way to completion following the topping out ceremony on Tuesday (July 15).

The home is part of a £60 million, county-wide programme of investment which will address Suffolk County Council’s goals to improve older people’s care.

The topping out ceremony marks the end of major construction work on the site.

It is hoped that the interior will be finished by December 2014 and that, pending a positive report from the Care Quality Commission, residents can begin moving in next January.

Phil Andrews, Partnerships Director for Castleoak, the construction company responsible for building the home, said: “It has larger rooms than most care homes.

“It’s set up specially with dementia patients in mind. We have to make sure there are lots of sociable spaces and that the en-suite bathrooms are visible from the beds to avoid causing confusion.”

The home will feature some of the sector’s most up-to-date technology in its 60 bedrooms, including invisible, infra-red, ‘fields’ around some of the beds so nurses can keep tabs of residents when they get up in the night.

The facility will be divided into four wings, one of which will be specifically for nursing, two will be for specialised older people’s care and one will be for dementia care.

Councillor Anne Gower, Assistant Cabinet member for Health and Adult-Care at Suffolk County Council, said: “It’s great to see the work to bring this new facility into Haverhill coming to an end.

“I’m very pleased that soon we will be able to welcome the residents to their new home.”

Karen Curle, manager of Haverhill’s current Place Court care home, was struck by the contrast between the old home and the new one.

“I think it’s the light and the space that impress me most,” said Mrs Curle. “Some of these spaces will be magnets for socialising for both relations and residents.”

Sadie Miller, 93, currently lives at Haverhill’s Place COurt home.

“I think we’ll be every bit as happy here as we have been in the current home,” she said. “There’s more room. It’s really spacious. They’re really doing their best for us.”

Another resident, Muriel Healey, 93, said: “There’s room to walk about. It’s more sociable than the old home. You can walk about if you want to. We can talk to one another. You can’t always be together in the current place.”

The new Cleves Place home will also feature a club for older members of the community. It is to be situated in a building adjacent to the home.

“Anyone from the community can come,” said Philip Steyn, Care UK’s Regional Director for West Suffolk. “It’s about what we need in the community, not the traditional nine-to-five service.”