Radcliffe receives £1m boost for Dementia Care
(from left) Cllr Mike Connolly, leader of the council; Pat Jones-Greenhalgh, executive director of adult care services; Karen Davies, HC_One Rose Court manager; Bury South MP Ivan Lewis; and Cllr Rishi Shori, cabinet member for adult care, health and housing.
Radcliffe’s Rose Court Care Home has received £1m of grant funding.
The grant will be used to renovate the care home to take into account the findings of a study conducted by the King’s Fund – Enhancing the Healing Environment – which said that a number of adjustments could be made to caring environments where people with dementia reside that could significantly improve the quality of people’s care.
Bury South MP Ivan Lewis said “This is great news that such an innovative project, with substantial investment, is taking place in Radcliffe. Dementia is a growing issue and we need to ensure that sufferers and their families/carers have access to the best facilities available.”
Specific improvements at Rose Court include:
* Create more space and comfort for residents by reducing the number of bedrooms from 109 to 85.
* Create a café, shop, a hairdresser’s, for use by residents, their family and carers
* Create a sensory garden and landscape the grounds
* Create a new sensory and multi-media room to help with memory stimulation
* Redecorate all the rooms to provide a calm environment, dementia-friendly furniture, non-slip flooring and grab rails
* Improved lighting
* Ensure that every resident will have a memory box and name plate at each room
In Bury there are around 2,000 dementia sufferers, and this is estimated to increase by 20% by the year 2020.
Councillor Rishi Shori, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, Health and Housing, said: “Last December the council committed Bury to becoming a ‘dementia friendly’ borough. This investment in dementia services at Rose Court is another step towards that aim. “We want Rose Court to be a benchmark for quality, an exemplar of what other homes can aspire to.”