Councillor marks demolition on Elizabeth House site
Published Wednesday, 12 October 2011
On Tuesday Cllr Don McGowan, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Care officially marked an important milestone which saw the beginning of the demolition of the old Elizabeth House care home, and a modern 70 bed dual registered care home built.
Elizabeth House was closed after a review found that its facilities did not meet the modern requirements of residents. Action was taken to move all older people in the home to more suitable accommodation before work started.
The new care home, when it is built on the site, will provide nursing, residential, continuing care and respite services on site for older people who have dementia.
During demolition all materials on site which can be reused or recycled will be, making the project an environmentally friendly one.
The scheme will cost £5.5m, and the Council is currently selecting an organisation that will invest in and develop the site.
Cllr Don McGowan, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Care said I am delighted to see the demolition of the old Elizabeth House care home has begun.
Specialist care for older people now needs bespoke accommodation which can support people with different levels of need. The new dual registered care home, when built, will have a full range of services which can assist people at all stages of dementia.
It will also provide much needed respite for carers and families, and nursing care for the most frail, which will prevent people being moved unnecessarily into hospital.
It gave me great pleasure to start this project on its way.
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