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Care home with cinema room will be just the ticket

Work to build a nursing home which will feature its own cinema room will start from this month as part of plans to transform the site of a former college into a £60 million state-of-the-art care village.

Gracewell will develop the £5.3million home, which will create 70 jobs, in partnership with Bournville Village Trust on land on Bristol Road in Birmingham, formerly home to Bournville College, as part of the flagship Bournville Care Village.

The home, which has been designed by the Trust’s in-house architectural team Bournville Architects, is being built by Healthcare Development Services on behalf of Gracewell, which will provide nursing care and support to 80 people.

It will feature an eight-seat cinema room where residents will be able to watch films that spark memories from their past, an important tool in supporting older people, including those with dementia, to communicate and remain mentally stimulated.

The home will also have three distinct gardens designed especially to encourage people to stay active, socialise and reminisce about their past.

Featuring possible artefacts such as a bus stop and phone box, the reminiscence garden will encourage residents to recount happy memories, whilst an activity garden, with its raised beds, greenhouse and shed, will support people to keep active.

There will also be a social garden which will include a children’s play area and shaded seating area for residents and their young relatives to play and share stories and memories together.

In addition, there will be a café, with internet access, lounge, dining area, hairdressing salon and physiotherapy room within the home, which is expected to be completed by late 2015.

Peter Roach, Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust, said: “It’s vitally important that we have modern, specially designed homes where older people, and people with dementia, can live comfortably and securely, but also have the opportunities to keep physically and socially active.

“This home will do just that and it’s an important part of the overall Bournville Care Village which we believe will set new standards for delivering care and support in Birmingham and beyond. Significantly, it will also create jobs and boost the local economy by bringing new residents into the area.”

Amanda Scott, Managing Director on behalf of Gracewell, said: “We are creating a new type of care home, one that mixes luxury interiors and surroundings with the highest levels of care focused on kindness, integrity, trust, empathy and respect.

“We look forward to welcoming the people of Bournville into our new home and helping them to care for their loved ones in their old age.

“Our vision is to create homes designed around our residents and their needs at the heart of the community. We provide truly personalised care that focuses on the tiny details of people’s lives – we believe that’s what creates a real sense of home.”

Once complete, Bournville Care Village will also feature an extra care scheme with 212 apartments, developed by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, independent living homes for people with learning disabilities and a health and well-being centre, all positioned around a central Village Green area.

The whole Village is expected to be fully completed by the summer of 2016.

For more information about the Bournville Care Village, click here.

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