Show apartments at a state-of-the-art care home in Kenilworth for people with dementia have been officially opened, as the £10.5 million development nears completion.
Run by Warwickshire-based charity WCS Care, one of only two care home groups in England to have four homes recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, Castle Brook will be home to 84 people when it welcomes the first residents in December.
Cllr Jose Compton, (above right) portfolio holder for Adult Social Care at Warwickshire County Council, cut the ribbon to launch the show apartments and rooms, which are now available to view and book in advance.
Castle Brook will include en suite rooms throughout and will be one of only a small number of care homes in the county to offer double apartments for residents wanting to live together, or to provide extra space for relatives who are visiting.
There will be community facilities including an on-site shop to pick up groceries, a coffee shop serving drinks and cakes, a hair salon, relaxing spa, traditional laundrette and in-house cinema, all created to help residents confidently carry on doing the things they’ve always done.
There will be a full and varied activities and exercise programme seven days a week and the home will be promoting the benefits of spending time outdoors, where there will be an abundance of secure space including gardens, a walking path and water features.
There will also be a four-wheeled bicycle for two that will give residents, friends and family the opportunity to share and create memories together on a specially-designed cycle track.
Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s chief executive, said: “Castle Brook will challenge many people’s ideas about what a care home is and the quality of life they can expect.
‘We believe in creating vibrant, bustling environments led by the residents who live there – it’s about independence and ensuring people continue to do the things they enjoy doing and have always done, as well as providing new opportunities they hadn’t considered; Castle Brook will be no different.”