Thu, 14 June 2012
Elderly residents across the borough will be getting even better care thanks to the opening of a £5.8 million resource centre for older people.
The Sandbanks Older People’s Resource Centre in Bedfont will provide 60 residential care beds for older people, primarily for those suffering from dementia.
The state-of-the-art centre also includes day facilities offering a range of health and wellbeing services to support residents to remain cared for in their own homes.
Cllr Gurmail Lal, cabinet member for adult social care and health services at the London Borough of Hounslow, said: “As the number of older people in the borough increases, we are facing greater demands for specialist care to help support those who are unable to help themselves.
“Centres like this are a vital lifeline, not only for those who stay here and receive care, but also those who make use of the support services available to allow them to remain in their own homes.
“The day centre will support up to 40 residents every day, and can be used to offer a flexible range of support services.
“This new building provides excellent facilities for older people requiring day care and a modern and stylish home environment for people with dementia.
“Residents will benefit from their new modern surroundings with the entertainment and activities provided, and their friends and family can be confident that their loved ones receive excellent care in a clean and nurturing home from home environment.”
Cllr Pritam Grewal, mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, said: “It is important that we look after our residents who have given so much during the course of their lives.
“The development of Sandbanks is part of a wider programme of work designed to modernise services for older people across the borough.
“Investing in resource centres means that at a time of need, older people and people with dementia and their families can rely on the help and support provided around the clock by professionally trained and caring staff.”
The centre has been built on the site of an existing residential home with 26 residents. The first phase of the scheme has seen the building with the first 30 beds and day centre facilities completed. Residents have now been moved into the new facilities and the old building has been demolished to make way for the second stage which will add a further 30 beds.
The scheme is part of a 15 year programme of improvements to the borough’s residential care services to provide modern services to meet the increases in demand for care services over the coming years.