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‘Care home of the future’ to open

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A new dementia residential facility, hailed as a ’care home of the future’, is set to open its doors later this year.

Vida Court has been designed to optimise wellbeing potential for residents, and facilities include a 12-seater cinema, convenience store, hair salon, florist and coffee shop. 

The home, in the hamlet of Harlow Carr on the outskirts of Harrogate, has also taken design inspiration from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with each bedroom having a large glass window and every house within the home having a garden room to ensure good ventilation. Air exchange has been included to ensure clean air constantly flows throughout the building.

Vida Court – which will have capacity for 100 residents – also makes use of the latest technology with sensory TV, windows, walls and artwork giving residents opportunities to interact with different environments and stimulate memories and positive behaviours.

Circadian lighting has also been installed to help residents prepare naturally for sleep and waking to maintain a regular routine, and a continuous walkway has been incorporated into the design of every house within Vida Court to enable residents to move freely throughout their home. 

The home, from specialist dementia care provider Vida Healthcare, is set to welcome residents in November. 

The 68,000sq ft home will create over 200 jobs in North Yorkshire. 

James Rycroft, managing director at Vida Healthcare, says: “At Vida, we’re committed to delivering the highest quality care to people living with dementia from across the UK and beyond. 

“We hope that Vida Court, which integrates the most cutting-edge facilities and technology, will end the perception of care homes as a last resort.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming our new staff members and residents to our home of the future and leading the way in care delivery to some of our most vulnerable people. 

“We hope that as more care home operators develop cutting-edge care homes, the UK will become the global leader for high quality care for people with chronic conditions and the elderly.”

Vida Court has been designed by specialist interior designer, Nanu Soda, and built by Caddick Construction. 

Alongside providing people living with dementia with specialist environments and care, Vida Healthcare also ensures that its staff are supported with a bespoke professional development training pathway.

James adds: “We believe that our staff are the lifeblood of Vida Healthcare and it’s essential that we continue to support them. 

“The 200 new staff members who will be working at Vida Court will have access to the best training and development, which we provide in partnership with Vida Academy. 

“This promotes lifelong learning across our homes and establishes our staff as true dementia ambassadors.”

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New £4.9m complex needs home opened by Exemplar Health Care

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A new £4.9million state-of-the-art specialist care home has been opened in Birmingham by Exemplar Health Care. 

Blackmoor is the third care home in Birmingham opened by Exemplar Health Care,a provider of specialist nursing care for adults living with complex needs.

The home will support up to 30 adults and specialise in supporting people living with complex mental health needs, neuro-disabilities, brain injuries, spinal injuries and complex dementia. 

Exemplar Health Care supports some of the most complex and acute individuals, who would often be in a hospital setting if not placed with them, enabling them to stay in the community and reducing hospital and secure facility admission. 

Specialist nursing care for adults living with neuro-disabilities

Blackmoor has the facilities to provide specialist nursing care for people living with a neuro-disability or neurodegenerative disorder. 

The home has 30 large bedrooms, each with an en-suite, across three ten-bed units – all three units have the provision for bariatric care. This small group living provides a homely and supportive environment, which is more responsive to people’s needs – including the Bournville Unit which is a female-only environment.

The home includes the Tolkien Unit, our male-only unit which supports up to ten adults living with complex health needs and mixed diagnoses, including neuro-disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities and those who have tracheostomies, ventilators and PEG feeding. 

Being on the ground floor and with garden access rooms, it’s ideal for those living with a neuro-disability. 

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The service also benefits from communal dining and living spaces as well as a cafe, therapy room, sensory room, salon and a large accessible garden.

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Blackmoor provides a supportive environment where people can receive the specialist nursing care that they need and remain closer to their loved ones. 

The home hosts a restaurant-style dining menu which is developed with service users at quarterly Food Forums. This ensures that menus are varied, interesting and available to everyone, taking into account personal preferences, condition-specific and religious dietary requirements. 

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“It is extremely rewarding to be able to support 30 local people with complex health needs” 

Kerry Hill, the Commissioning Home Director of Blackmoor, shares: “We are extremely happy to be able to open the fifth Exemplar Care Home in the West Midlands. We have designed and built Blackmoor to provide person-centered nursing care and rehabilitation that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills, and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.

“We are also delighted to be able to support 30 adults living with a range of complex and high acuity needs while also generating over 100 jobs to the surrounding area of Birmingham.”