THERE was double delight in Chelmsley Wood – not only did a residential care home officially open but the Chelmund’s Cross Village Centre re-development was completed.
The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis, cut the ribbon at Chelmund’s Court, in Chelmund’s Cross village centre and marked the end of the final phase of the re-development scheme by the North Solihull Partnership.
The purpose-built 73-bed home for older people with dementia will be run by Runwood Homes Group alongside Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.
The council has commissioned 63 beds for the next ten years which will ensure that local people will have access to affordable care in the future.
The Mayor of Solihull said: “It was a privilege to open this new care home and it was great to see so many people at the opening.
“The home is a fantastic new facility for the borough and will help some of the most vulnerable in our society – older people suffering with dementia.”
Cabinet member for adult social care and health, Coun Karen Grinsell said: “As the population of older people in the borough grows, so too does the demand for high quality care and support services.
“The new home is in response to the consistent challenge this causes the Council when trying to find affordable care within the borough.
“It will enable people suffering with dementia to remain part of the borough where they have lived and worked and most importantly, be close to their loved ones.
“We welcome such an exemplar scheme to the borough and look forward to working with Runwood Homes in the years to come.”
The centre, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, includes the £10m Bishop Wilson School, a new Enterprise Centre providing office space for small and new start-up businesses, as well as a new medical centre, dental practice, pharmacy and retail units.