Dementia unit on the way at new Meppershall home

Janet Rayfield, Louise Yates and Tina Flack - the management team at New Meppeshall Care Home
Janet Rayfield, Louise Yates and Tina Flack - the management team at New Meppeshall Care Home
  • New Meppershall Care Home is entering the second stage of its £800,000 refurbishment programme
  • This will include a state-of-the-art dementia unit including an indoor village garden
  • It is designed to give a feel of the outdoors indoors
  • It will have artificial grass, a park bench and a sign post showing the way to the village amenities

A care home near Shefford is launching the second stage of its £800,000 refurbishment programme with a bespoke dementia unit which will include an indoor village green.

New Meppershall Care Home was launched in November after being taken over by Pressbeau Group.

The initial phase saw a full refurbishment of the ground floor, a bespoke lounge created by a team of professional interior designers, a cafe, a hair salon and a dining room with a restaurant-like atmosphere.

Next week, work will start on a cutting-edge dementia facility on the first floor which in time will be home to 30 residents. The space has been designed in close consultation with the requirements and standards set out by the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at Stirling University which specialise in life-enhancing care for dementia patients.

Central to the unit will be an indoor village green designed to give a feel of the outdoors indoors. It will have artificial grass, a park bench and a sign post showing the way to the village amenities which will include a clothes shop, record shop and sweet shop.

The purpose of the creative design is to help both stimulate and settle dementia patients in their new environment.

Tina Flack, manager at New Meppershall Care Home, said: “The creative design will add real value to the lives of residents with dementia. All of 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.”

In addition to the village square, there will be an outdoor roof garden so residents can enjoy fresh air on a daily basis all year round. For health and safety purposes, the terrace will be screened with high glass walls so residents can enjoy an unrestricted view of the gardens and lawns.

Work on the dementia unit will begin next week and is expected to be completed by the end of July. To contact New Meppershall Care Home, call 01462 851876.