Wessex Care Open another ‘state-of-the-art’ Care Centre in Salisbury
Following the successful launch of the Kimberly West Care Centre back in May 2017, Wessex Care have now launched part 2 of the project, Kimberly East, on the same site on 30th January 2019. This new care centre provides another 27 beds for customers requiring intermediary rehabilitation care i.e. hospital avoidance / providing rehabilitation post hospital.
After the mounting pressures put on our NHS as of late, this service is a welcome addition to the community, helping to take the pressure off our local hospitals and helping to care for vulnerable adults and older people in a safe, well equipped, well-staffed and most importantly, homely setting.
Wessex Care is a family run business that have 5 specialist Care Centres / Care Homes across the city. Directors Matthew and Pauline Airey have over 35 years experience each in the health and social care sector and last year said that the first part of the project, Kimberly West, had ‘… been the culmination of several years of planning and hard work and it’s very exciting to see our vision for the future of care provision come to fruition.’
On the recent launch of the Kimberly East project, Matthew said:
‘This is the second development of our £14million redevelopment of all 5 Wessex Care residential and community services in our home town of Salisbury. These state of the art facilities supported by the NHS and Wiltshire Council are for adults and older people of our community in South Wiltshire. These are not stand alone Nursing Homes but multi-disciplinary dedicated Care Centres focused at ensuring all customers & residents can receive highly professional specialist support, rehabilitation, training and care they need to live their life the way they want too.’
The launch day was attended by Margaret Ndlovu - Head of Service Adult Care (Operations) at Wiltshire Council, Jerry Wickham - Cabinet Member for Adults Social Care, Public Health and Public Protection & Wiltshire Councillor, and Sven Hocking - Wiltshire Councillor & Salisbury City Councillor.
A tour of the building was provided during the day for the local councillors and in the evening, the Wessex Care team welcomed local neighbours to come in and have a look around whilst enjoying some light refreshments to celebrate the launch of the new building. All were very complimentary of the project and look forward to seeing further progress in the area from Wessex Care.
This project has been in the running for a number of years now and has taken much planning and effort from the Wessex Care team. Mark Bugden, project manager for the build, has overseen the development of Kimberly West and East and has successfully implemented the requirements to make these care centres fit for purpose and comfortable for the residents and staff, including state of the art facilities such as hoists in every room, CCTV throughout the buildings, secure entrances, lifts, adjustable doors to accommodate wheelchairs and moving beds and so much more.
Each floor of the buildings have a different theme for orientation purposes to help the residents and staff find their way around easily, with art work to match that has been collected by the Wessex Care directors over the past year. Much of the furniture and accessories have been recycled from another of Wessex Care’s care homes which will be the next to be refurbished.
‘We have planned the layout of each room carefully, to the extent where we even made a building change to accommodate the physiotherapy equipment in the health & spa room to create head space in the ceiling for when the equipment is being used (see image 393).’ The Wessex Care team plan to now populate the outside spaces with plants and flowers just in time for Spring in order to transform the garden into a beautiful relaxing place for residents to enjoy at their leisure.