The opening of an £8 million care home in Downham means that dementia patients will receive specialist care close to their families.
Kingsley Healthcare officially opened the centre, which specialises in nursing and dementia care for older people together with respite and day care, on Wednesday.
Downham Grange is the first of its kind in the Downham area – a purpose-built care home with nursing facilities and space for 62 patients.
Daya Thayan, CEO of Kingsley Healthcare said: “We are proud to have developed this care home with state of the art modern facilities. It is about allowing individuals to feel fulfilled, relaxed and positive in a place they are happy to call home.
“Kingsley Healthcare has committed our investment and expertise into this area which has been seven years in the making, serving the local community and creating employment for up to 80 people.”
West Norfolk Mayor Elizabeth Watson officially opened the care home on Wednesday.
She said: “The purpose-built care home providing specialist dementia care ‘The Kingsley Way’ has taken seven years to bring to life, making it the only dedicated care home of its kind for West Norfolk and the surrounding areas.”
A Kingsley Healthcare spokesman has said that this new specialist centre will offer personalised care based on individual needs and wellbeing by creating a culture of family living.
People living and working at the home will spend time together and meal times will be treated as a daily social event. Located in Clackclose Road, residents will no longer have to go outside of the town so they can remain close to friends and family.
Architect Stuart Jones, of Feilden+Mawson, said: “The home has a variety of communal spaces and a central courtyard allowing residents a private and safe environment to enjoy gardening or sitting in the sun.
“Some of the more simple innovation has been to provide a front door to each resident’s room to convey a sense of ownership and individuality. It has always been a key issue to make this project feel like a home first and foremost above all else.”
The new building has been constructed around the former Clackclose House which has now been demolished.