The ceremony marked completion of the build overlooking Worthington Lake in Standish, Wigan which is a highly specialised home for people with dementia, the final brick was placed in to Worthington Lake care home by councillor Keith Cunliffe.
Once completed Worthington Lake will be one of the first homes in Greater Manchester and Lancashire to have attained the coveted Stirling University Gold accreditation for excellence in dementia design principles making it amongst one of ten in the UK. It has been reported that there has been a 70% reduction in falls and improved behaviours for people living with dementia in an environment that has been sensitively designed for their needs.
The design of Worthington Lake has been created to specifically empower its residents to retain independence through the involvement in their daily routine, unrestricted access to secure outdoor sensory spaces and supervised kitchen facilities so that residents can be actively involved in the preparation of their own food.
All the partners involved within the scheme have been working hard to reach this significant milestone in the project timetable.
Steve Fishwick Director of Cranberry construction said “I’ve worked with Millennium care UK for over 20 years now, we at Cranberry construction are very proud to be associated with Millennium care, the level of detail in the design of Worthington Lake just shows the passion they have for dementia design and getting the most out of a building for the end user.
Worthington Lake has been an exciting project from the start and I have been the main contact throughout the build process, I can safely say this is the next step in dementia care, I have worked on many care homes in my time but nothing to this level, Worthington Lake is the future in dementia design. This is also the first time I have been actively involved in a topping out ceremony of a building I have worked on and it has been an absolute pleasure.”
Len Andrews from Jennings Design Associates say’s “Millennium Care are facing and reacting to the challenge of increased cases of Dementia in an aging society they are in the process of expanding and futureproofing their care homes starting with Lakeside Nursing Home in Standish. Building on their exemplary care principles Millennium Care endeavour to provide dementia friendly design in their care home settings.
Together with Architects Jennings Design Associates Millennium care have developed their design brief in partnership with Stirling University dementia Services Development Centre, to create a new care home which incorporates dementia design principles forming a safe secure and therapeutic home for their future residents.
As specialist Architects JDA understand that a well designed environment would give residents improved safety and care while allowing for greater freedom and independence. The new home will help to investigate ways to aid memory and reinforce personal identity and wellbeing for all residents.
Millennium Care plan for this project to be the start of many others.”
The Topping out ceremony was celebrated the Dutch way which means a flag is hung once the highest point of a building is reached. It stays in place until the building’s owner provides free beer and cake to the workers, after which the flag is lowered.
Two of the workers from Cranberry construction went up on to the roof to fly a flag proudly displaying Millennium care homes in hope they would be provided with a beer and a slice of cake and they were not disappointed, cheers were had as a freshly baked cake displaying the Millennium logo, muffins and a cold beer were presented to them at the end of a long project.
Notes to Editors: About Millennium care UK
Founded in 1997, Millennium Care UK Ltd is a family owned business specializing in dementia, nursing, residential and respite care across 6 purpose-built sites across the North West of England. The company’s mission is to provide the highest standards of care, and a modern, spacious environment located in a tranquil and picturesque setting
Write to us at: Millennium Care UK limited, Lavender Hills Care Home, Stubbins Vale Road, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0NP Telephone: 01706 285 221 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Worthington Lake
Opening in October this year highly specialised home for people with dementia with state of the art design and interiors sat by the beautiful Worthington Lake. The design of the care home has been led by pioneering academic research in to the therapeutic benefits a well built environment.