Dementia-friendly care home opens in Aylesbury


90-bed, £6m unit designed to meet Stirling University\'s nationally-recognised Gold Standard in dementia care

A 90-bed dementia-friendly care home has opened in Aylesbury.

The £6m facility in Stoke Mandeville will be run by the Freemantle Trust, an Aylesbury-based charity which provides care and support for older people and those with learning disabilities.

The design of the facility, which was built by developer, Castleoak, matches Stirling University's nationally-recognised Gold Standard in dementia care, with lots of open space and even a cinema.

The building, set in landscaped grounds in rural Buckinghamshire between Aylesbury and Princes Risborough, is divided into six small, homely wings. Each has its own sitting room, dining room and assisted bathroom, as well as 15 luxurious personal rooms, each with an en-suite shower room, WiFi, telephone and TV points.

16 of the ground-floor rooms also benefit from their own small, private patio or garden area, and there are a number of central communal areas, including an atrium and a cinema.

Carole Sawyers, chief executive of the Freemantle Trust, said: “There are lots of visual clues, about where they are going and why; lots of things to do or stop and do; access to the outdoors that's safe; and the support residents need from a team of specifically-trained staff, when then need it.

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"For us it's about making it feel homely, exactly like their own homes, but also that the design features further enable people, rather than disable them."