£6.2m care home opens

Eothen chief executive Jenny Hearl, Lord Curry, Coun Cath Davis, Eothens chairman Dr Andrew Shepherd and home manager Judy Mattison at the Wallsend opening.
Eothen chief executive Jenny Hearl, Lord Curry, Coun Cath Davis, Eothens chairman Dr Andrew Shepherd and home manager Judy Mattison at the Wallsend opening.

The region’s newest and most advanced specialist care home for people living with dementia has opened its doors to its first residents.

Lord Curry of Kirkharle and Coun Cath Davis, deputy chairman of North Tyneside Council, officially opened the new purpose-built £6.2million Eothen Homes facility in Wallsend.

The home offers four households, each providing accommodation for 13 people. Every household has its own kitchen, lounge and dining area.

It also has one-bedroom flats to rent for people over 65 who want to live independently or who have a spouse living in the home.

Eothen Homes’ chief executive Jenny Hearl said: “Our Wallsend home was designed with the latest research into living with dementia at its heart.

“We’ve also worked closely with training organisation Dementia Care Matters to create a ground-breaking model of care, where each person’s quality of life is the top priority, with relationship-centred support involving their family and friends.”

The new model of care uses the butterfly approach that places people, rather than tasks and schedules, at the centre of activity. Daily life is just like being at home where people can get up when they want and make drinks and snacks at leisure, with staff dedicated to each household interacting and on hand whenever necessary.

Reminiscence areas in the home and grounds include an old-style car and touring caravan to evoke memories of holidays and fun times.

Lord Curry, who officially declared the new home open, said: “At a time of much change it is to be commended that Eothen has chosen to invest in such an innovative new home that is revolutionising dementia care. Each of us deserves the best quality of life possible and it is clear that is exactly what’s on offer here.”

Coun Davis said: “We’re proud Eothen Homes chose North Tyneside for this ground-breaking development.

“Putting people first is central to the new home, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people from across the region into North Tyneside to benefit from the fantastic levels of care it will provide.”