£9.5 million home gets green light

Florence Shipley
Florence Shipley

Planners have given the green light to the development of a purpose-built community care centre that will provide specialist services for older people.

Derbyshire County Council submitted the plans to build the £9.5 million specialist community care centre on the site of the Florence Shipley home for older people in Market Place, Heanor.

County council planners agreed the plans for the new development on October 11.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones said: “It is excellent news that planning permission has been granted for our specialist community care centre in Heanor.

“The decision is a major step forward for the council in helping us to realise our plans to transform the way we care for and support older people across the county.

“We are confident that the specialist community care centre in Heanor will soon establish itself as a focal point for services for older people across the area, including people with dementia, and will also be a draw for the local community as a whole.”

The new specialist community care centre will replace Florence Shipley Home for Older People which will close in the next six months. The decision to close the residential home was made by the county council’s Cabinet last month.

Work on the new development is due to start in spring 2013 and the new centre is scheduled to open its doors in autumn 2014.

The new specialist community care centre will provide: 16 long-term residential care beds for older people – including specialist care for people with dementia; 16 short-term residential care beds to help more people return home or stay at home – including respite care and rehabilitation; day care – including activities aimed at older people to promote health and wellbeing such as chair-based exercise classes, themed sessions for people with dementia and their carers, support for carers, walking and dancing groups; a health and wellbeing zone offering advice on health, diet, fitness and finance, including benefits.

There will also be a reception area, office accommodation, a kitchen, café and dining area. The county council already has one specialist community care centre up and running in Staveley and another is due to open along with extra care housing in Swadlincote – Oakland Village – later this year.