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Care home is 'transformed'

ELDERLY residents at an Olton care home are set to enjoy the benefits of a major redevelopment to upgrade facilities.

ELDERLY residents at an Olton care home are set to enjoy the benefits of a major redevelopment to upgrade facilities.

Brookvale Care Home is spending almost £400,000 transforming the facility in Warwick Road with remodelled bedrooms and lounge areas, upgraded bathrooms, kitchen and dining facilities and new entrance and reception.

Phil Bell, General Manager of Heart of England Care, who run the home said: “It is a significant investment, especially at a time when news of social care budget cuts is so topical.

“We have also just received planning permission for a new conservatory which will be built at the rear overlooking the spacious and mature gardens. Also with energy efficiency in mind, we are replacing all 127 single glazed windows with UPVC double glazed units, installing a movement sensor lighting scheme and further roof insulation.

“It is a very exciting development and with no notable disruption to our residents they will be able to stay with us whilst the work is being undertaken.”

Brookvale was originally built in the 1970s and provides residential care for elderly people with dementia and related illnesses.

Tracey Arms, who has been manager at Brookvale for the past three years added: “Because our residents regard Brookvale as their home, we felt it was really important that they were fully involved in the programme and had an input into the changes.

“We therefore took time to consult them about specifications for the dining areas and bathrooms and have welcomed their contemporary and colourful choices for the tiling and flooring.”

The new scheme is due for completion by early Autumn.

 

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