Sod-cutting ceremony at future Barrow care home today
Last updated at 12:21, Tuesday, 29 October 2013
THE sod-cutting ceremony at the site of a future Barrow care home took place today.
The ceremony was at 11am on the site of the old George Basterfield care home at the junction of Greengate Street and Risedale Road. It is anticipated that the home will open in 2015 and during the life of the build project this scheme will bring may other additional community benefits including the creation of apprenticeships, short-term work placements and training opportunities for local students.
The new 60-bed residential care home - costing more than £7m - will provide modern care solutions for older adults, especially those with dementia.
The new home will replace four older Cumbria Care homes in the area. West Point House closed in March 2011 and George Basterfield House closed in December 2011. Rock Lea and Bevan House will close once the new facility is fully operational.
Cumbria County Councillor Beth Furneaux, Cabinet member for Adults and Local Services, said, said: "This is an exciting development and Furness will feel the benefits of this significant investment for many years to come.
"The home will meet the gold standard for dementia care and is central to how we will deliver services in Barrow in the future." Cumbria County Council appointed GB Building Solutions to work with them, residents, staff and the local community to develop the design for the building that will meet the needs of older people for generations to come. The architects are Alston Murphy Associates Ltd.
The new care home is part of a wider modernisation programme of care for older people in the Barrow area which as well as providing the home also offers a wide range of other choices for older adults, including receiving more help to live independently in their own homes.
First published at 11:01, Monday, 28 October 2013
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Wonderful news for older people that they will get a safe and comfietable place to live and be supported. I just wish Cumbria County Council had included younger disabled adults in new housing plans. People i know on the autistic spectrum that have to live out of town to access the resedential places they need or alternatively stuck in generic social housing that doesnt meet their needs. I attended a housing workshop with reps from CC council and Barrow borough council and they admit the planning has only ever been focused on older adults.