Revamped care home to reopen as dementia unit creating 50 jobs
A DISUSED care home will reopen as a dementia unit in July – creating about 50 jobs – as new owners invest £300,000 in refurbishing the home.
As reported, Littlecoates House closed last year when North East Lincolnshire Council stopped commissioning care from the home – along with two others, Hazelmere House in Welholme Avenue and Clover Lodge in Humberston.
Its 36 residents – as not all the rooms were full – were forced to find new accommodation and the property has been empty ever since.
However, the building has now been bought by Grimsby Dementia Care Ltd, which will invest £300,000 in refurbishing the property, creating up to 50 new jobs when it opens.
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The news comes hot on the heels of a Government announcement that dementia funding is set to double to £66 million by 2015.
The Grimsby facility will be renamed Fairfield Care Home and open in July with 43 places available for elderly people requiring specialist dementia care.
The investment will be used to increase lounge and dining space for residents, improve the gardens and grounds and renovate bedrooms – a number of which have been reduced to make space for larger social areas.
There will be employment opportunities in a wide range of roles including care workers, cleaners and care home managers.
The home is now privately owned and hopes to be commissioned by the council in the future but does not currently have any of its places filled.
Commissioning manager Lynn Mitchell said: "We understand that there was a black cloud over how the home was closed but want to assure people that this is a totally new start for the building.
"It is being renamed and we are passionate about patient care.
"It is a great building in what we hope will be a great town for us.
"Already we have had some interest in jobs and spoken to some people who seem very dedicated to helping others."
The home aims to provide a different sort of care for dementia sufferers, the number of which is increasing nationwide and in North East Lincolnshire.
"We hope to provide a patient-focused care in which routine is flexible so we can give our residents the attention they need.
"People suffering from dementia can easily become confused, frustrated and even violent, so we want to make sure that the building feels like home to them so they can be as comfortable as possible.
"We will encourage them to personalise their rooms so that they feel they are in their own space, not in an institution."
If anyone is interested in either a job or a place in the home for a relative, contact Lynn on 07980 546564.
There are no new developments on Clover Lodge or Hazelmere House which remain closed. Keep checking your Grimsby Telegraph for updates.