New dementia care places on the way at Rose Lodge

PUBLISHED: 08:30 19 March 2015

Peter and Joanna De Groot raise their hard hats with Jones building group site manager Bob Beattie for the topping out celebrations at Rose Lodge care home. Ref exe 4091-12-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Peter and Joanna De Groot raise their hard hats with Jones building group site manager Bob Beattie for the topping out celebrations at Rose Lodge care home. Ref exe 4091-12-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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A major milestone has been reached in the construction of a new facility for dementia care in Exmouth.

Rose Lodge Care Home, in Isca Road, is the site of a new building, to be known as The Cottage, which will form a self-contained community for residents with early to mid-stage dementia.

The existing building at Rose Lodge will then house those with mid to late-stage dementia, giving capacity for 33 residents in all.

Rose Lodge received input on the design of the new building from the University of Stirling’s dementia services development centre.

The home celebrated the ‘topping out’ of the new building this week.

Owner Peter de Groot said: “The new building is a self-contained community in its own right.

“They will have their own activity programmes, so we can tailor the care we give to the stage people are at.

“For the people in The Cottage, the activities will be primarily about going out, whether shopping, or to the beach, or to social clubs, whereas for the later stages it will be bringing activities to the people.

“They will both be a much smaller size.

“For The Cottage, we’re looking at 15 people, and for The Lodge 18 people, and we think that will bring a lot of benefit for the people that live there.

“There is very little around for people, particularly in the early stages of dementia, when they want to live basically independently, but need a bit of support to do that, and that’s who this is aimed at.”

The new building is scheduled to open in May.

Mr de Groot says some reservations have already been made.

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