State of the art dementia care development gets underway at Winnersh


Work has started on a pioneering new Abbeyfield Society care home in Winnersh, which will provide an innovative, stimulating and exciting environment for people living with dementia.

Abbeyfield Chairman, John Robinson CBE led a turf-cutting ceremony on April 21st to celebrate the beginning of the construction work in Woodward Close.

Due for completion in May 2016, this unique 62-bed specialist unit has been wholly designed with a "residents first" approach. 

It promises to contain a wide range of highly innovative communal facilities, including a cinema, activity rooms for painting and sewing, a restaurant and a cafe, sensory rooms and wellbeing areas including spa bathrooms, a hair and nail salon, a library, and a shop stocked with groceries.

There are also particularly specialist plans for the outside areas which include gardens focused on stimulating memory through the smell or feel of plants and flowers. Furthermore, planned allotment space will offer residents the opportunity to “grow their own” and, as people with dementia often benefit from taking part in familiar everyday activities, residents will be able to enjoy planting and digging, hanging out the washing or simply relaxing and enjoying nature.
In terms of design, memorabilia and reminiscence will be a strong focus across the development. There will be classic cars and bikes in the grounds and a vintage theme prominent throughout the interior decor.

John Robinson, Chairman of the Abbeyfield Society, said: “This development has been carefully planned to provide a unique approach to dementia care, and we are very pleased to get it underway. Not only will it provide residential care to support those living with dementia in the local area, but it will do so in a manner that hasn’t been seen before. We are looking to create a stimulating and exciting environment for our residents, allowing them to go where they want to go, and to live how they want to live. We didn’t feel we could fully achieve this vision without creating a building of this calibre, and we expect it to be a blueprint for the future of Abbeyfield care homes.”

Abbeyfield hopes the development will have a positive impact on the local population of Winnersh as well as future residents. We strongly value community involvement across our estate and will open our doors to volunteers from surrounding areas.

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