Bowgreave Rise Care home to be £5m health centre

Plans: Bowgreave Rise is to be transformed into a centre of excellence for dementia care under council plans
Plans: Bowgreave Rise is to be transformed into a centre of excellence for dementia care under council plans
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A Lancashire care home is set to be transformed into a £5m flagship centre for dementia care.

County Hall chiefs have unveiled ambitious plans to build a “centre of excellence” for dementia on the site of the Bowgreave Rise care home, in Bowgreave, near Garstang.

The proposal was revealed as part of Lancashire County Council’s budget last week.

But today council leader Geoff Driver unveiled new details about the plans for the first time.

The new centre would be built behind the current care home. The current home would then be demolished.

The idea is for the new centre to be the flagship home for the whole of Lancashire for people suffering with dementia.

It would care for “dozens” of people and have blocks of sheltered accommodation on site.

Coun Driver hopes the project will move forward from the new financial year and building work could start in the 12 months after that.

He said: “It (the current home) is nowhere near full occupancy and it crossed my radar so I went down to have a look.

“The rough estimate for the works that need to be done (on the current building) was £3m which could easily move up to £4m.

“The Quality Care Commission is happy with the service being provided but the building is a bit tired. I didn’t really see any point on spending £3-4m on refurbishing that building when we could build a new one on the site, because there is plenty of room.

“It will be a centre of excellence for the whole of Lancashire. I have put an extra £250,000 in the staff training budget specifically to get our people up to speed on early intervention in dementia care.”

He said he would hope the new centre would have sheltered accomodation and some “very sheltered accomodation” bridging the gap between sheltered housing and full residential care.

The plans are still at a very early stage. A report for the council to consider has yet to be drawn up and consultation with existing residents of Bowgreave Rise will be carried out.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “There is not enough hard information about this but there is a strong possibility.

“It has not got to the report stage yet so there is quite a long way to go.

“There would have to be consultations with a lot of people, including the residents at the home. There is money in the budget for such a development.”

Bowgreave Rise cares for older people and patients suffering from dementia. It can currently accomodate 32 people. At one point in the early 2000s it was threatened with closure but survived.