Work on an £8 million care home has begun at St Andrew’s Ridge. The investment by Milestones Trust which will see a 73-bed care home, specialising in dementia care, opening on Saltzgitter Drive in the summer of 2016.
Milestones Trust, which has been supporting people with dementia, mental health needs and learning disabilities, historically in Bristol and the surrounding area since 1986, identified that with Swindon’s growing and ageing population there was an increased need for the care infrastructure to support this.
CEO of Milestones Trust, John Hoskinson said: “As a care provider with almost 30 years of expertise behind us, we have built a reputation on providing the best possible care and support services where they are needed, so are delighted to be bringing this expertise to Swindon, providing residential care to support those living with dementia in the local area.”
To celebrate the start of work on site, Milestones Trust were joined by the new Mayor of Swindon Councillor Andrew Bennett, alongside Councillor Vera Tomlinson and Councillor Mary Friend, who have been instrumental in seeing the planning application for Abbey House go through.
In addition to providing the highest standard of dementia care, Abbey House will bring over 100 new job opportunities to the area, for which a recruitment drive will start in late 2015.
Abbey House has been designed to meet Stirling Gold Dementia Care standards, a framework of standards that ensure the needs of those living in the home with dementia are met. Examples include ensuring that beds are positioned so residents can see bathrooms; using transparent panelled wardrobes and the use of enhanced, mood-appropriate lighting.
Milestones Trust have worked on the design of Abbey House alongside specialist care home developers Castleoak. Philip Andrews, Castleoak Project Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with Milestones Trust to develop a specialist care home in the centre of a busy growing community which will provide a quality living environment for older people in the Abbeymeads area of Swindon.
“Each floor is composed of small modular units of 6-7 en-suite bedrooms, each with their own open plan living and dining rooms and seating areas, to create a homely feel to the care home.
“Residents will also be able to enjoy landscaped gardens with wander paths so they can exercise in a safe and familiar environment, whilst enjoying Dementia sensory gardens, with safe plants appealing to touch, taste and smell. For those living on the upper floors, they will have an indoor garden complete with astro turf among real plants, bringing the outdoors in.”
Neil Chandler, Relationship Director at Barclays, who have helped finance the project, said: “Barclays has a leading presence in the healthcare sector supporting organisations such as this in Swindon and across the South West. The funding we have provided for Milestones Trust’s flagship dementia care home is just one example of how we work with our clients to structure financial solutions to support their long-term plans.”
It is expected that Abbey House will open its doors to residents in July 2016. To keep up to date on the development and recruitment opportunities, please visit www.milestonestrust.org.uk/abbeymeads
Pictured by Richard Wintle of Calyx, the Mayor with Abbey Meads councillors Mary Friend and Vera Tomlinson, left, and the team from Milestone Trust/Castleoak