Care UK and Suffolk County Council have marked the beginning of a county-wide programme of investment in new care homes and wellbeing centres with a ceremony on site at the first development to get underway at Aster Road in Chantry, Ipswich.
Councillor Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council’s newly appointed cabinet member for health and adult care, Toby Siddall, managing director of Residential Care Services at Care UK and Frances Gibson, director of nursing, clinical and care governance at Care UK, were joined by pupils from nearby The Oaks Primary School for the ground breaking ceremony.
The event marked not only the start on site for the first of two new homes and wellbeing centres in Ipswich but also the beginning of Care UK’s £60 million investment into 10 new care homes and wellbeing centres across the county.
Toby Siddall, managing director of Residential Care Services at Care UK, said: We are very pleased to have started building our first new care home and wellbeing centre in Suffolk. This is the first in a carefully coordinated and phased programme in partnership with Suffolk County Council, to fulfil the vision for older people’s care.”
Residents of the nearby Hawthorn Drive residential home and Angel Court in Hadleigh will have the choice to move into the new bespoke care home. Once all residents have moved from Angel Court in Hadleigh and Hawthorn Drive in Chantry these two homes will close.
By 2016 the new homes and wellbeing centres will replace all Suffolk County Council’s former homes and wellbeing centres which date mainly from the 1960s and 1970s.