The finishing touches are being made to an £8.5 million dedicated dementia care home opening in the heart of Lymington, Hampshire at the end of March.
Linden House in New Street will create around 100 direct jobs including posts for nurses, healthcare assistants, activity organisers, social carers and other ancillary staff.
The home, owned and run by Lymington-based Colten Care, incorporates exceptional design standards and will operate in four house groups of 15 residents each. Colten Care runs 19 care homes across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.
Home manager Jackie Hampton, who has begun putting her staff team together, said the groups would enable care to be given in a setting of “safety, reassurance and togetherness”.
Mrs Hampton said: “We already provide three dementia-specific care homes, giving us a huge body of knowledge about the different dementia journeys people can take. Living in small, friendly groups gives residents the chance to continue practical skills and retain their spirit of independence for as long as possible.”
Every aspect of the home has been designed with dementia care in mind including themed rooms, colour schemes, corridor and room features, and navigational aids. There is a hairdressing salon, cinema, activities room, café, retreat and even a ‘Linden Square’ complete with ‘shop fronts’ evoking the Georgian grandeur of Lymington. Themed gardens include a gazebo, beach huts and putting green.
References to Lymington and the local area throughout the home will help the overall aim of prompting both interactivity and reminiscence.
Colten Care chief executive Mark Aitchison (above with marketing executive Laura Rolph) said: “We are a family-run group, determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person. Linden House has been purpose-built to incorporate the latest therapeutic approaches and facilities for dementia care, all within an elegant, beautifully designed building.”
The first residents will move into Linden House from 31 March.