Groundworks started this week on a new £ 10.8m dementia care facility in Harrogate with Vida Healthcare, which is expected to create up to 250 new jobs when it opens in the summer of 2021.
Vida Court is the company’s third home facility, established seven years ago to change and change perceptions of UK care homes and has already achieved two ‘Outstanding’ ratings by the Quality Commission. Care for its two existing dementia facilities in Harrogate. Less than 3% of total care homes in the UK achieve Outstanding standing status according to Commission for Care Quality figures.
The new building will provide one bedroom in eight individual houses with distinctive features including a large community area designed to recite a village environment with its own shop, coffee shop, cinema, hairdresser, function room and easy access to outdoor spaces.
It is designed to deliver highly tailored individual care programs, and will cater for people as young as 40 and will complement the successful tiered design from the company’s latest town, Vida Grange, with plenty of light and points of interest, large walking areas. internal for residents, equal access to external gardens, as well as multiple communal spaces, health, fitness and sensory features.
It will also incorporate significant workspace areas to provide a Vida Academy training center for staff and a new headquarters facility for Vida head office personnel, currently located elsewhere in the town. The company employs 450 staff who are expected to rise to 700 next year, making it a major local employer. +
The construction works and staff based in Yorkshire will be designed by the Leeds-based Architecture team, which will include Projex Building Solutions, which advised all three Vida facilities and will provide project management, cost counseling and health advice. safety, with the construction of a contract by Caddick Construction, part of Caddick Group PLC based in Knottingley.
Managing director Vida Healthcare, James Rycroft, is particularly interested in innovation and creativity in the care sector, making him a founder member of The Outstanding Society (http://theoutstandingsociety.co.uk/), works closely with English Care, Care Skills and the Care Quality Commission to share expertise and raise best practice in the sector.
James explains: “We launched Vida Healthcare seven years ago in order to increase the attitude and services of care homes in the UK. In the seven years since our first house, Vida Hall, has been designed and built, the company has become increasingly renowned as a center of excellence for dementia care in the UK and in particular for being able to help with very large diagnoses. complicated. We are very proud of this achievement and would like to continue putting Harrogate on the map and leading the way in the provision of specialist care in this country. ”
“We look forward to working closely with the construction and construction teams over the next eighteen months to deliver a facility that will reflect the latest thinking in dementia care. The delivery of our care will improve and improve our staff and others working in the care sector when Vida Court opens next year.
Phil Tomalin, managing director of Projex, says: “It has been exciting to work with Vida on all three projects in Harrogate and see their vision of providing exceptional dementia care. Vida challenged all areas of care provision whose home care settings cannot be identified from outdated precursors. It means that Harrogate will continue to play a leading role in the provision of dementia care in this country. ”
Caddick’s operations director, Ian Plowman, said: “We have made a strong start to this project and are delighted to be part of the team delivering these much needed facilities for the region. Dementia is a condition that affects so many families this day and this 24-hour care home will certainly help their relatives to be in an environment where they feel safe and secure. ”
Vida was a regional winner at the 2018 Great British Care Awards, and won the Employer of the Year award and her managing director, James Rycroft, was awarded an Outstanding Social Care Contribution at the regional finals of the Great Care Care Awards 2017.
Currently patients living with dementia are over 65 years of age 1 in 4 NHS beds. In England and Wales, the number of people with palliative care with palliative care is expected to be almost four by 2040, with an increased diagnosis among younger age groups in the 40-65 year old bracket.