New dementia home gets green light
PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 November 2010 | UPDATED: 16:15 17 November 2010
PLANS to build a new dementia care home on the outskirts of Weston have been given the go-ahead.
Mead Realisations Ltd has been given permission to create the development adjacent to North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges.
The purpose-built facility will provide day visiting, respite and emergency care, as well as full residential services.
It will be divided into two 32-bedroom units, surrounding a large garden, meaning that residents can walk uninterrupted in a safe environment.
Planning documents submitted to North Somerset Council say: “Staff will be able to maintain a homely atmosphere as opposed to an institutional, hospital type of environment.
“Experience shows us that such a facility leads to a dramatic decrease in the use of drugs, with an increase in quality of life.”
The latest news follows the closure of Poppyfields dementia care home in Worle earlier this year, due to financial reasons.
North Somerset Council officers approved the St Georges plans, to include a summerhouse, bin and bike store and parking with access road, subject to a list of conditions.
These include that, unless otherwise agreed with the council, privately-funded beds should not form more than 75 per cent of the total at the home.
The remaining beds should be made available to those who qualify for care provision from North Somerset Council.