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Work Begins at Pioneering Care Home

The last stage of development work at Church Farm Care’s Rusticus site in Cotgrave, Nottingham have now begun. Full planning has also been achieved at the Skylarks site in West Bridgford – bringing its vision for a revolutionary model dementia care one step closer to reality.

The work at Rusticus will also include alteration to the internal layout of the existing building to increase visibility and provide greater flexibility of spaces to promote independence, comfort, and quality of life for residents.

This latest work is the fifth and final phase of the development following previous upgrades to the site including the reception and staff facilities, as well as the addition of balconies to the accommodation. This final phase will see the addition of Hickling Lodge, a state of the art 30-bedroom standalone building, with new day lounges, kitchen, and laundry services.

Once the site is complete, all bedrooms will be furnished and equipped to the highest standard and each room will have full disabled access. There will also be three detached, two-bed assisted living pods, which will have 24-hour access to nurses and carers. There will also be additional parking and landscaping.

The work will include the development of Socius, a social hub, which will include a café, hairdressers and cinema for both residents and the community to access and enjoy, with work to complete in September 2021.

Patrick Atkinson, owner of Church Farm Care Ltd, said: “It’s been an extraordinary and challenging year so far for us – as it has been for care homes up and down the country – but we’re really thrilled to have shovels in the ground for the expansion of our Rusticus home and plans now in place to develop Skylarks even further.

“Our ethos is a model of care centred on creating “families” of residents that live together based on their interests, life experiences, and personalities. Our extension plans are not just about creating more comfortable and accessible environments but about helping to integrate family members into the community through features that bring the public into the centre – when they are again allowed to do so of course.

“The work at Rusticus, for instance, includes additions to the current onsite salon and cinema, with a new café that will be open to the public as well as a walkthrough aviary with a snaking path for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.”

Church Farm Care has four homes in Nottingham – three of which offer specialist dementia nursing within innovative and supportive environments.

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