First look around Derby’s new £7.8 million care home
Prospective residents and loved ones are being invited to look around the new £7.8 million Kiwi House care home in Derby, which is set to take care for the elderly to a whole new level.
A viewing suite at the 78-bedroom home in Coleman Street is now open by appointment ahead of the home’s opening in June, the chance to look around the large, en-suite bedrooms, spacious communal areas and innovative features designed to keep residents living life to the full.
These not only include an on-site corner shop and hair salon, but a pub – the Horse and Hound – Flicks cinema, a café bar, a private family dining area and landscaped sensory gardens, complete with an aviary and a greenhouse for green-fingered residents to help out and ‘grow their own’.
There are six separate care suites within the home, each one having its lounge, dining facilities and lifestyle kitchen, where residents can roll up their sleeves and get involved with the cooking and baking, as well as a dedicated team of carers. Up to 13 residents will be cared for in each suite, benefitting from a more intimate service and being looked after by the same, familiar faces every day. All bedrooms have an en-suite with wet floor showers.
Home cooking and an extensive social calendar led by full-time activity co-ordinators are also benefits of life at the home, which will be officially opened by Angela Rippon OBE at a special ceremony in September and provide approximately 80 jobs for the local economy.
Dave Lock, managing director of Adept Care Homes, which also owns Douglas Court care home in Derby’s Ivy Square, said: “It’s never easy choosing a care home, but with Kiwi House, we aim to take care for the elderly to a whole new level, enabling residents to continue to enjoy life to the full, maintain their self-respect and have choice and freedom in their own daily routines.
“Having smaller, individual suites means residents have more of their own personal space, plus they also have access to their very own small and sensitive care team. Seeing the same team members every day is extremely reassuring for residents, a more intimate care approach overall.”
Family-run Adept Care Homes owns seven care homes across the Midlands – all of which have a ‘good’ rating with the Care Quality Commission. The group, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, was recently named one of London Stock Exchange’s Top 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.