Work begins on £9m care scheme to benefit dementia patients
PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 January 2015
WORK on a new scheme which will see 65 self-contained flats and a day centre for people suffering from dementia built in Worle has begun this week.
The £9million development, in Tamar Road, is part of a three-way partnership between Alliance Homes, North Somerset Council and NHS North Somerset.
A consultation on the scheme was held last year and now, as well as the flats and day centre, it will also include other community resources, such as a café and activity room.
Chief executive of Alliance Homes, Clive Bodley, said: “This is an important project for us and our partners and will deliver much-needed facilities locally, as well as providing residents with a real sense of community.
“The facilities are open to people with a range of care and support needs and have been designed with the aim of creating a vibrant community.
“The flats are for single people and couples with support needs which could range from help with shopping and getting out and about to high level support which requires regular care for a medical condition.”
People with disabilities, including dementia, will have help available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The development comes five years after Worle’s Poppyfields care home – another specialist dementia facility – closed amid fierce public protests.
Some 6,000 objections to the closure were logged with North Somerset Council, but the authority’s financial pressures meant the closure went ahead.