New dementia care home in Shirley welcomes first residents
Designed and funded by Solihull Council and built by local contractor Speller Metcalfe, the high-specification Tanworth Court care home will deliver both nursing and residential care services for people with both dementia and physical health needs.
The home will provide affordable, high quality care for those funded by the Council, the NHS and people who pay for their own care and will be ran by PrimeLife, a major social care provider, on behalf of the Council.
The Council and Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (BSol CCG) have worked closely with PrimeLife and GPS Medical (GP services) to ensure that people living in the home will have access to excellent healthcare support. The home, built by Speller Metcalfe, has been designed in line with Stirling University Dementia Design Principles to create a safe, stimulating and homely environment.
The building is also environmentally friendly with ground source heating and solar roof tiles. Most of the home’s energy needs should be met through renewable energy sources.
Councillor Karen Grinsell, Solihull Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “I’m so pleased to see Tanworth Court’s first residents settle into their new home. It’s exciting to see this new addition to the borough’s care homes and I’m confident it will provide excellent dementia care and support.
“I can’t wait to show people what a modern and carefully designed care home looks like; this is a truly wonderful example of its kind. I look forward to having an official opening soon.”
James Wood, Managing Director of PrimeLife said: “This will be the second purpose built dementia care facility that PrimeLife now operate in the borough. We look forward to developing this service over time to deliver the best quality care provision, within what can only be described as a beautiful living and working environment for our clients and staff.
“We enjoy a good relationship with colleagues at Solihull Council, and hope that this facility will serve the wider community in delivering essential services, that meet ever growing needs and aspirations for first class care provision.”
Rob Lashford, regional director for building contractor Speller Metcalfe, said: “It is fantastic to see the first residents moving into their new homes at Tanworth Court.
The whole building has been specially designed to support people living with dementia, including a simple, colour-themed layout to enable residents to find their way around and welcoming communal lounges to encourage sociability.
Speller Metcalfe has delivered the new building to the highest quality and sustainability standards, resulting in a fantastic, low energy facility where residents can feel safe, happy and comfortable.”