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State of the art dementia care home prepares to open in Swindon

Building work is on course to prepare for the opening of Abbey House, a state of the art dementia care home in the Abbeymeads area of Swindon.

Due to open in June 2106, the development will be the result of a £8million investment by Milestones Trust, a charity set up to support people with dementia, mental health needs and learning disabilities living in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

CEO of Milestones Trust, John Hoskinson said:
“As a care provider with almost 30 years of expertise behind us, we have built a reputation on providing the best possible care and support services where they are needed, so are delighted to be bringing this expertise to Swindon, providing residential care to support those living with dementia in the local area.”

Dementia specialist care and nursing

Abbey House will provide care for 73 residents over 3 floors. Each floor is composed of small modular units of 6-7 en-suite bedrooms, each with their own open plan living and dining rooms and seating areas, to create a homely feel to the care home.

The design has been produced with a focus on creating a comfortable environment which will allow residents to stay in a familiar environment as their care needs change by providing a mix of both residential and nursing services. It meets Stirling Gold Dementia Care standards, a framework of standards that ensure the needs of those living in the home with dementia are met.

 State of art dementia-friendly  design

Examples of the specialist design include the use of transparent panelled wardrobes so people can easily see what is inside, enhanced mood-appropriate lighting, and the positioning of beds so that residents have an immediate view of the bathroom.

Residents will be able to enjoy landscaped gardens with wander paths so they can exercise in a safe and familiar environment, whilst enjoying dementia sensory gardens, with safe plants appealing to touch, taste and smell. 

The Marketing Suite for the Development was recently opened by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson and people are now being welcomed to come and have a look.

For more information about Abbey House, click the link here to visit Milestones Trust's website

You can find Abbey House at 40 Richardson Road, Swindon SN25 4DS

Open Days are being held on Sunday 24th April 10:30 - 2:30pm and Monday 2nd May 1- 4pm

But f you can't make the open days, call 01793 987 730 to make an appointment to visit during general opening hours from Wednesday 13 April at the following times:

  • Wednesdays 10am - 4pm
  • Thursdays 3 - 7pm
  • Fridays 10am - 4pm

Dementia Carers…have your say on future services

"How can we improve the support for Carers?" is the key question in a Consultation exercise currently being run by the Department of Health.

In an online questionnaire aimed at canvassing the views of carers around the country, carers from as many different groups and sectors as possible are being encouraged to have their say.

​The results will be used to inform the direction of government policy for the following 5 years by way of the next Carers' Strategy.

It is important that dementia carers are strongly represented, so taking the time to complete the questionnaire will be time well spent.

Alistair Burt, Minister of State for Communities and Social Care and Lead Minister for carers across Government, launches this listening exercise in the short video below and explains why consulting the full range of carer groups is so important for shaping future policy.

Have your say!

Click on the link here to the Department of Health's website to take part in the Carers' Survey ​
https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/carers/how-can-we-improve-support-for-carers