Dementia care in Bolton is set to benefit from £1 million of funding from the Government.
The Department of Health has announced £50 million of capital funding for local authorities and the NHS to create better environments for people living with dementia.
Care homes had to enter a two-stage application process for a slice of the money and three homes in Bolton were successful.
Bolton Council’s Laburnum Lodge will receive £499,811, while independently-run homes Blackrod House Care Home and Bakewells Care Home will receive £249,120 and £249,210 respectively.
The money must be spent by March 2014 and will be used to enhance the dementia care provided at the homes through expansion, improved facilities and internal redesign.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Councillor Christopher Peacock, said: “This is fantastic news and very welcome at a time when the country is suffering from major cutbacks.
“Caring for someone with dementia requires a specific environment that helps promote independence and maintain dignity and respect. The environment can impact on the quality of life of both the resident and their families at a vulnerable time.
“This funding will help the three homes develop their current facilities to incorporate bespoke areas that will enable people with dementia to move around the home safely, reduce the potential for confusion and support them to live well with the condition.”
The aim is to develop dementia-friendly environments within intermediate and residential care which help residents to live well with dementia, and maintain dignity and independence. These buildings can then be used to showcase best practice to other care settings and providers within Bolton.
Laburnum Lodge will be transformed by dementia-friendly lighting, flooring, decoration and signage. The plans also include a new training room to showcase dementia-friendly fittings, furniture and equipment; a sensory room incorporating special lighting and soft furnishings; a garden room linking to an internal courtyard garden; areas for people to sit and chat in nice surroundings and a revamped activities and reminiscence room, providing IT facilities and entertainment.
The owners of Blackrod House plan to develop the property’s loft space to create a second storey. The creation of bedrooms, lounge and roof terrace on the second floor will then allow the first floor to be redesigned to include an activities lounge, reminiscence room, sensory room and a beauty salon. The enclosed rear garden will be accessible from all floors and will benefit from landscaping to provide a tranquil space for residents.
The Bakewells Care Home will develop additional en suite bedrooms in a new bespoke facility for residents. An activities and sensory room will promote meaningful interaction between residents, their families and care staff, while a re-designed garden area will include a water feature. Additional improvements to the home include a conservatory, dining room, lounge and kitchen aimed at improving independence for residents and their families.
Planning permission has already been granted for the projects where necessary and work will start immediately.