Residents invited to find out more about new care home development

Poole residents are invited to find out more about the proposals for a new 80-bed care home with a drop-in information session at Canford Heath Library on Tuesday 13 December.

Running from 2pm – 7pm, the event will give all interested parties the chance to find out more about the development planned for Mitchell Road, including meeting the architects and members of the Borough of Poole team.

Councillors approved the business case for the Council to develop an 80-bed care home providing specialist nursing and dementia care in September.

Work has since taken place to produce a detailed design for the high quality modern, spacious and energy-efficient care home, plans and drawings for which will be on display at the event.

The council-owned care home would be operated independently under a contract specifically aimed at helping Poole's residents who are unable to fully fund their own care needs. It would also allow the council to help shape the care market at a time when there is a shortage of suitable care provision in the local area.

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Services, Borough of Poole, said: "One of the Council's priorities is promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents, especially the most vulnerable. This new care home will help us do just that, giving us an extra 80 high quality beds and improving our ability to place people closer to home, making it easier for friends and family to visit on a regular basis." 

Cllr Sandra Moore, Ward Councillor for Canford Heath East, Borough of Poole, said: "There is a huge need for affordable care homes, especially with care costs continuing to escalate. The new care home will benefit the whole community and I would encourage local residents and businesses to come along to the information event to find out more."

The event is a drop-in session, with anyone interested in finding out more able to visit at any time between 2pm and 7pm on Tuesday 13 December.

Should planning permission for the care home be approved and tenders be successfully awarded it is hoped that building works will start in Autumn 2017. The Council expects the building works to take approximately 18 months to complete with the new home opening for residents in Summer 2019.

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