A new 60-bedroom care home on land adjacent to Hartismere Hospital in Castleton Way, Eye, has been given the green light by Mid Suffolk District Council.
To be built by Care UK as part of a £60 million investment into older people’s care in Suffolk, it is the ninth of ten new homes across the county to receive approval. It will include a well-being centre to help create a community health village for the town.
Chris Hopkinson, of Care UK, said: “With the numbers of older people aged over 75 with dementia in Suffolk expecting to grow by nearly 100 per cent between now and 2030, we look forward to taking a further step towards addressing the county’s need for more purpose-built facilities for specialist older people’s care.”
Work on the project will be undertaken by Care UK’s development partner Castleoak and is scheduled to begin in April 2014, opening in spring 2015.
Mid Suffolk planners have stipulated that prior to the work beginning, achaeological and contaminated land investigations must be carried out, while provisions for parking and a plan to encourage use of public transport to the site by staff must be in place before the home is occupied. The design of the new care home includes communal meeting areas for residents, bedrooms with ensuite shower facilities, dining rooms and lounges for small groups of residents to share, as well as a garden, café, hairdressers and a small cinema.
The well-being centre will offer a range of day clubs, activities and specialist care, including services for those with dementia and other progressive illnesses. It is hoped the new facilities will help older people to maintain their independence for longer in their own homes and give valuable respite services for family carers.
Residents of Paddock House care home on Wellington Road in Eye will have the option to move into the new home, after which Paddock House, which opened in 1960, will close. Residents and their families are being closely consulted.