Our proposals are to support the existing vibrancy of the Ramsbottom community; ensuring that those who have continued to live in the area continue to do so in a pioneering home that provides them with everything they need.
The exciting proposals for the site are for it to be at the forefront of later living care innovation that will see the creation of 48 specialist dementia care beds which will include a male-only dementia floor, an intergenerational play space, extra care apartments, access to nature and a community cafe bistro on the home's roof terrace.
The number of people over the age of 65 in the area is projected to increase markedly by 53% by 2024. This is exacerbated by the lack of available new-generation, purpose-built and homely dementia care home beds.
The current home, Lavender Hills is set in a non-purpose built environment; the home’s facilities, layout and configuration create a series of challenges in providing effective care to those who live with advanced stages of dementia. As a consequence of this, people who live in Ramsbottom that require this level of care are having to move out of the borough; often in unfamiliar environments and further away from family.
Porritt would use the Household Model of Care, an innovative approach that has already proved effective at another Millennium home, Worthington Lake. The person-centred approach creates a homelike environment which gives residents autonomy and focuses on communal spaces to bring the best out of residents.
Male Isolation in Care Home. Responding to a need, a male-only dementia floor would help combat MICH. Often there can be a gender imbalance within homes, activities are sometimes geared towards female residents and, due to staffing, there can be a lack of male-focussed support. This specialised space will provide a home for 12 men to thrive.
The benefits of intergenerational activities for people with dementia are widespread increased social interaction improves cognitive stimulation and emotional well-being while activities often involve physical movement which improves mobility. It also provides residents with a sense of responsibility and purpose.
Opening up a space for residents, their loved ones, staff and the community would create social engagement, and increase the residents' dining experiences while improving the quality of life for those living at Porritt Care Home.