Make Over For Care Home Saved From Closure
9:35am 6th September 2012
Plans to revamp and re-open a Swanage Care Home have been revealed for the first time.
James Day Residential home closed in 2010 and has since been bought by private company Agincare.
Once refurbished, the home will offer 45 residential places for both private and council funded clients.
They will deliver high quality residential care for older people in Swanage and Purbeck fulfilling a commitment to the local community.
The new facilities will include the development of a "community hub" which will provide a base for Agincare's home care and meal delivery services, as well as other facilities to support the community.
Bosses hope it'll be ready to open in November 2012.
Andrew Cattaway, Cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said: “We are very pleased that we now have a positive solution for residential care for people in Swanage that takes into account the growth of the older population and the shortage of existing care homes.
“This will give a much needed boost of investment and provide modern care facilities that will benefit the local area.
“After a comprehensive market analysis and careful consideration of the options available, Agincare was identified as our preferred provider and we are confident they will deliver a high quality care service. The plans include a significant refurbishment and redevelopment of the existing home, and we are delighted that the home will be ready for the new residents by winter this year."
Derek Luckhurst, Chairman and owner of Agincare, said: “As a Dorset-based company, Agincare are proud to be working with Dorset County Council and the Swanage community to bring the James Day home ‘back to life.'
“We will be utilising our significant resources and national experience to meet the current and future residential care needs of the town.
“Local media have pledged to keep Swanage residents fully updated on our progress on this project and we are grateful for their continuing support.
“We hope that the redevelopment will bring not only much needed care home places and related community resources, but also employment opportunities for local people in a variety of roles.”