Improving residential care in Neath Port Talbot
We are excited to announce that we recently submitted our first planning application toward the improvment of residential care homes in Neath Port Talbot.
Back in December 2011 we began a joint partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to improve residential and respite care facilities across the local authority.
Our first set of plans submitted for approval is a 60 bedroom development on Moor Road in Baglan. The plans illustrate 60 ensuite bedrooms divided over 6 accommodation clusters, each with a living and dining room, an assisted bathroom and a garden.
To make things flexible, 8 of the bedrooms in each cluster have been designed so they can be used as 4 pairs of adjoining rooms for couples, or 4 self-contained apartments.
Our plans ensure the new care home would be built to nursing home standards and Stuart Davies, our Executive Director of Property Development and Management explains "We’ve employed award winning architects, Pentan Partnership, on all the new care homes we’ll be building in Neath Port Talbot. They’ve got extensive experience in designing homes for older people and they’ve come up with a dementia-friendly design that we’re really happy with.
"For example, building the rooms over 6 clusters makes the building less daunting and easier to find your way around. Each cluster and garden has been designed with wandering loops so that people can walk safely indoors and outdoors, lots of resting places have been integrated along these loops so that people can rest as and when they need to and memory boxes outside each room can act as a trigger reminding residents of the location of their room."
Our plans also include a communal gathering space consisting of a kitchen, living/dining area and fully licensed bar which can be opened out onto a decked area with patio and pond.
In addition to the gardens in each cluster, there will also be a kitchen garden with raised beds where vegetables and herbs can be grown and an orchard garden where native fruit trees will be planted to create a large external space.
If planning approval is granted it is anticipated that the new home will be ready for occupation in May 2014.