The next phase of a Bristol based centre of dementia care excellence has been completed to offer a further 22 residents specialist dementia and nursing care.
Orchard Court has been transformed to reflect the court-style accommodation of the rest of the care home's care scheme that opened in December 2012, which allows residents to live in a family-style community with their own communal areas. The modern and calming environment has been developed to a very high standard as part of the organisations’ modernisation programme and expansion plan for growth.
The £500,000, 21-week project was delivered by main contractor Aztech Building Services, a local firm that specialises in modernisation and fast-track refurbishment programmes within occupied buildings for the Care Home and Education sectors.
The project involved a complete strip-out of the existing services together with a remodelling of the building’s internal layout and internal drainage to create 22 bedrooms with luxury en-suites, some with assisted showers; a spa bathroom; two kitchens and new-look communal dining and lounge areas, storage and the scheme manager’s office.
Work was managed and delivered by Aztech under a collaborative arrangement with mechanical and electrical contractors combined with the firm’s own multi-skilled trades to provide a highly developed service, value-engineered and coordinated around the existing sheltered housing schemes.
Dementia can have a big impact on a person’s behaviour. It can make them feel anxious, lost, confused and frustrated, so the modernisation has been completed on the advice and guidance of the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University.
A particular dementia friendly aspect of the refurbishment is the new décor of Orchard Court, an example being the feature walls within the bedrooms that are colour-coded to match their front doors to help maintain familiarity and aid recognition.
Jan Little, Care Homes Director comments: “Orchard Court is one of the original buildings on the site and so modernisation to bring it up to the standard of the rest of the facilities was important in providing a centre for excellence in Dementia care. We’re so pleased with Aztech’s workmanship and their management of this project that we’re now considering them for another of our schemes”.
“Delivering projects to a high standard of workmanship is a hallmark of our service that we’re very proud of.” Comments Neil Jenkins, Director, Aztech Building Services Ltd. “As with many projects, the modernisation of Orchard Court has not been without its challenges yet in collaboration with our local supply chains, delivering this project on time and to the care home's budget has been a natural behaviour in our work.”