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£15m care 'village' scheme is launched

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: July 03, 2013

VILLAGE VISION: An artist's impression of what the care village may look like.

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A £15 MILLION "care village'' planned for Wadebridge would create 100 jobs.

Cornwall Care has proposals for a large site at West Hill and will unveil its plans at a public planning exhibition at Wadebridge Town Hall on July 16.

Cornwall Care chief executive Douglas Webb says the multimillion-pound project will replace the charity's existing home at St Breock and provide a new facility capable of meeting nursing and dementia care needs within the area for years to come.

Mr Webb said the county was facing a dementia crisis and the Wadebridge complex would help in addressing the problem.

If Cornwall Council grants planning approval for the complex the 40 staff currently employed at the nursing home at St Breock will be transferred to the new care village on West Hill, bringing the number of staff threre up to 140.

The plans include construction of up to 60 'care cottages' clustered around a 72-bedroom central building which will provide additional nursing support and therapy.

"We have set out with a vision which allows couples or individuals to spend their remaining years in an environment which encourages them to live their lives as normally as possible, while having the assurance that more intensive support and care is close at hand," said Mr Webb.

Cornwall Care operates 18 care homes providing residential, nursing and dementia care for older people, and also offers supported accommodation for younger people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Mr Webb said the charity hoped the Wadebridge scheme would act as a model for similar schemes in key locations throughout Cornwall.

"The exhibition will provide local residents with an opportunity to view our proposals for the site and to learn more about the work we do," he said.

"The Government, the NHS, Cornwall Council and all the people involved in healthcare recognise we're facing a dementia crisis.

"We're determined that our plans for Wadebridge and the wider Cornish community will play a key role in helping to address that challenge."

The July 16 exhibition will be open to the public from 2pm until 8pm.

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