Work starts on new £6.2m dementia specialist care home

l-r: Mark Dobbin, Sintons; Jenny Hearl, Eothen Homes; Alex Rayner, Sintons; Lesley Telford, Barclays.

l-r: Mark Dobbin, Sintons; Jenny Hearl, Eothen Homes; Alex Rayner, Sintons; Lesley Telford, Barclays.

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A new multi-million pound care home, which will be the first of its kind in the region, is being built in Wallsend.

Eothen Homes is investing £6.2m in a new specialist care development centre for people with dementia.

This new dementia facility will break new ground in terms of its design, services and features.

Jenny Hearl, chief executive of Eothen Homes

The new 60-bed residential care facility, which will create 42 jobs, will include ground-breaking dementia specific design features, as well as offering a ‘family home’ environment and an array of engaging activities foe residents.

The facility will be unique in the region and is hailed as helping to significantly raise the bar in specialist dementia care in the north east.

Barclays has supported Eothen Homes with its new development while Newcastle law firm Sintons has overseen the construction, property and financial legal aspects.

Jenny Hearl, chief executive of Eothen Homes, said: “This new dementia facility will break new ground in terms of its design, services and features.

“The layout and general provision has been developed in line with the latest research and thinking into dementia care and we are excited to be the first to bring this to the north east.”

Lesley Telford, relationship director at Barclays, said: “Eothen is delivering further innovation for an exciting sector in the north east and the new facility will provide state of the art care for the local ageing population.

“The new funding from Barclays will not only enable the delivery of innovation but also help secure new job and career opportunities for the north east.”

Mark Dobbin, head of real estate at Sintons, said: “Eothen Homes has an enviable reputation for the quality of its facilities alongside a strong commitment to exceptional standards, and we are very pleased to be able to work alongside Barclays to support them in the addition of a new ground-breaking development to their portfolio.”