A cutting edge facility for people with dementia has been opened at a village care home.
The new facility at the New Meppershall Care Home has been unveiled as the second phase of its £800,000 investment is launched during January.
The innovative dementia wing was created by professionals trained at the University of Stirling – recognised as the leading institution in research - who specialise in designing environments which add real value to the lives and care of dementia patients.
The first floor facility will be home to 16 people and features of the space include an outdoor roof garden so that residents can enjoy fresh air everyday all year round.
The terrace has been screened with high glass walls so residents can have an unrestricted view of the gardens and the surrounding fields safely. In the spring, there are also plans to create an indoor village square for residents which will include places to visit such as a post office and shops.
Louise Yates, manager of New Meppershall Care Home, said: “The creative design will add real value to the lives of residents with dementia. It has been very carefully planned out to help them recall memories and feel at home at New Meppershall. Simple daily activities like going to buy food and clothes will be re-created around the village green to give residents a real sense of normal daily life.”
The dementia facility is the second in a two phase investment from Pressbeau Care Homes, which opened the home in August last year.
The initial phase saw a full refurbishment of the ground floor, including a contemporary lounge created by a team of professional interior designers, a café, hair salon and a dining room with a restaurant-like atmosphere.
Louise added: “Our initial opening was really well supported by the local community and very warmly welcomed by health professionals in the area. We are optimistic that the new facility will be equally popular as we strive to create a first class care facility for Bedfordshire.”
The care home was officially opened by Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries in November 2014.
To arrange a visit to New Meppershall, call Louise on 01462 851876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.newmeppershall.co.uk