'Centre of dementia care excellence' opens in south Bristol
A NEW £7-million care home which will treat patients with dementia has opened in south Bristol.
Private firm Brunelcare has opened the new home in Whitehall after years of planning.
The building has been designed to house 48 residents using the latest advances in architecture and technology.
The company has worked alongside the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University, as well as Bristol-based architects Noma.
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Brunelcare's chief executive Helen Joy said of the new care home: "I am immensely proud that Brunelcare is the first care provider in the city to develop a centre of excellence for dementia care, and it is testament to years of planning and hard work that we are now able to provide such a facility."
The care home has been developed around courtyards with 12 bedrooms in each of the four courts.
It is hoped that the design will allow residents to live within family-style communities with their own communal area, which also provides space to eat and relax in.
The new home is being touted as a move away from more traditional care homes.
One of the biggest changes is at meal times, with breakfast provided when the residents would like it and the main meal served in the evening rather than at lunchtime.
Each court has a central garden with its own design, with access from the communal area allowing residents to enjoy the space freely and safely.
Each bedroom leads onto a patio area to help give the feeling of freedom in a safe environment.
Ms Joy said: "This is an example of the future of dementia care and with statistics showing a marked increase in the number of people expected to be living with a dementia in Bristol over the next 20 years.
"Brunelcare is dedicated to ensuring we continue to offer the right care and support services to help people across the city."
In addition to the care home, the new centre has 14 flats which have been designed for residents who want to still live with more independence
Following over 20 years on Redcliffe Parade Brunelcare's head office operations have also moved to Whitehall with the top floor of the development allocated for the 50 staff.
The riverside view has been replaced with the rooftops of Whitehall, with facilities and an open-plan office space.