As the construction of a new care home begins in Grantham, another is set to close.
The Orders of St John Care Trust is building a 64-bed care home in Springfield Road, to include a 48-bed dementia unit. It is the first of three specialist dementia care facilities being built in line with Lincolnshire County Council’s core strategy.
As a result, Chandos House, in Gorse Road, will close, with residents being relocated to the new build once it is complete.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site on Thursday morning, with trust chairman Peter Loyd and leader of LCC Martin Hill breaking the earth.
Mr Loyd said it was a “very proud day” while Coun Hill called it an “exciting new development”.
Coun Hill added: “The good news is that people are living longer but the less good news is many people who do live longer have dementia problems.
“We do have the facilities already but in 60s and 70s buildings and not of a standard I would want for my relatives or, indeed, anybody else.”
The new home will feature en suite facilities and communal areas such as living area, winter garden and dining room. There will also be a shop, tea room and hair salon.
Outside will be a landscaped sensory garden, vegetable patches and water features.
Mr Loyd said: “This new care home will be run by a specially trained care team and will benefit from the services of OSJCT’s admiral nurses and consultant old age psychiatrist. It will provide a vital new facility to meet the growing specialised care needs of older people from the community of Grantham and the surrounding area.”
The plan for the Chandos House building has not been revealed.