£5m dementia centre planned

A Garstang care home could be transformed into a £5m flagship centre for dementia care.

Thursday, 28th February 2013, 12:04 pm

Lancashire County Council leader Geoff Driver has unveiled proposals to build a “centre of excellence” for dementia on the site of the Bowgreave Rise care home.

The proposal was revealed as part of Lancashire County Council’s budget last week.

The new centre would be built behind the current care home.

The current home would then be demolished.

The idea is for the new centre to be the flagship home for the whole of Lancashire for people suffering with dementia.

It would care for “dozens” of people and have blocks of sheltered accommodation on site.

Coun Driver hopes the project will move forward from the new financial year and building work could start in the 12 months after that.

He said: “It (the current home) is nowhere near full occupancy and it crossed my radar, so I went down to have a look. The rough estimate for the works that need to be done (on the current building) was £3m which could easily move up to £4m.

“The Quality Care Commission is happy with the service being provided but the building is a bit tired.

“I didn’t really see any point on spending £3m-£4m on refurbishing that building when we could build a new one on the site, because there is plenty of room.

“It will be a centre of excellence for the whole of Lancashire.

“I have put an extra £250,000 in the staff training budget specifically to get our people up to speed on early intervention in dementia care.”

He said he would hope the new centre would have sheltered accomodation and some “very sheltered accomodation” bridging the gap between sheltered housing and full residential care.

Bowgreave Rise cares for older people and patients suffering from dementia. It can currently accommodate 32 people. The announcment marks a U-turn for the centre which at one point in the early 2000s was threatened with closure.