Building work has started on a multi-million pound centre designed to give the very best care to people living with dementia.
The Burton Centre of Excellence will provide specialist accommodation in a home-style environment for people with dementia, providing high quality care and support in an innovative, purpose built setting.
It is being built on the site of the former Margaret Stanhope Centre in Outwoods, Burton at a cost of £6.4m with £945,000 of funding from the Homes & Communities Agency.
The centre, which has been designed to the University of Stirling ‘gold’ standard for dementia care, will provide living arrangements in “clusters” and will also include communal areas and facilities such as a café, leisure and wellbeing space.
Representatives from Staffordshire County Council and Symphony—a consortium made up of Accord Housing Association and Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE Group—celebrated the start of construction of this flagship centre in Burton with a ground-breaking ceremony.
Leader of Staffordshire County Council Philip Atkins said:
“Dementia can have a devastating impact on not only individuals, but on their family and friends too. This is why we are doing everything we can to ensure people living with dementia and their carers have access to the support they need in their local community.
“This centre will enable us to give people coping with dementia a better quality of life, helping them to lead fulfilling, independent lives for as long as possible and provide continued support as their condition changes.
Maxine Espley, Executive Director of Care and Support, Accord, on behalf of the Symphony consortium, said:
“We are delighted that this scheme is now under construction and the completed building will be designed to specifically meet the needs of people with dementia. It incorporates the latest management techniques to ensure that our customers are able to maintain their independence whilst living in a really supportive environment and receiving the care they require.”
Caroline Cormack, Head of Home Ownership and Supply in the Midlands for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) attended the event. She said:
“We are pleased to be supporting the Burton dementia centre of excellence, which is an important part of the HCA’s work to support older people through high quality specialist housing.”
The centre is expected to open in September 2018, and Staffordshire County Council and Symphony will continue to work closely with existing customers, families and staff to allow the smooth transfer of residents from Hillfield House in Stretton during 2018 to this new facility.