Work officially starts on new £6m care home for dementia sufferers

Coun Tommy Mulvenna breaks the turf with trustees from Eothen Homes.

Coun Tommy Mulvenna breaks the turf with trustees from Eothen Homes.

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Work has officially started on a new £6.2m care facility in Wallsend that will create 42 jobs.

A ceremony was held on Tuesday to break the turf to signal the start of work on Eothen Homes’ new care home for elderly people and those with dementia.

We are creating a really innovative home from home for elderly residents and people living with dementia

Eothen Homes chief executive, Jenny Hearl

North Tyneside Council chairman Tommy Mulvenna was joined by trustees from the Christian charity at the two-acre site where the 60-bed home will be built.

The company said the facility will provide a family environment where quality of life is at the top of the agenda.

Residents will live in four ‘family home’ units within the building, with large en-suite bedrooms, open plan kitchens and lounge areas.

Eight flats are included in the development to allow partners or spouses to live independently but stay close to their loved ones who require specialist care.

Communal areas of interest include a sensory garden with an aviary, fish pond and other animals.

Eothen Homes chief executive, Jenny Hearl, said: “We are creating a really innovative home from home for elderly residents and people living with dementia, inspired by the pioneering Hogewey Village concept in The Netherlands.

“Our Wallsend facility will provide residents with a homely but stimulating and social environment, which research has shown can help improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, and in some cases slow the condition’s advance.

“Residents will be able to take part in creative tasks and activities, and care for the animals in the sensory garden.

“There is nothing like this in the north east and we are proud that Eothen Homes is setting a new standard for dementia care in the region.”

Surgo Construction has been appointed as the lead contractor on the building, scheduled to open in March next year.

Coun Mulvenna said: “I’m delighted to be breaking the turf on this fantastic project which will put Wallsend on the map as a centre for dementia care in the north east.

“Not only is the development a new concept for the region, but it will also create new jobs for North Tyneside.”