Brand new Belper care centre is ready for residents to move in

Final preparations are under way to get Derbyshire County Council’s latest state-of-the-art care home ready for its first permanent residents.

Thursday, 24th September 2020, 1:10 pm
The centre is ready for its first residents

The new Ada Belfield Care Centre in Belper is now fully operational and deep cleaned following its temporary use as a Nightingale home to support people recuperating from the coronavirus.

Its first permanent residents will be people living in the current Ada Belfield care home who have waited patiently to move in to their new home.

Coun Barry Lewis, county council leader, said: “Nobody could have predicted what would happen this year when the pandemic struck and we have had to make some very difficult choices and change a number of services.

“I’d like to thank every one of the residents and their families for their patience and understanding and wish them all the very best in their new home.”

The new centre has 40 beds – ten of which are are set aside as community support beds, funded in partnership with the NHS – and is part of the council’s larger development that includes a new library for the town.

Coun Jean Wharmby, cabinet member for adult care, added: “By opening Ada Belfield as a Nightingale-style unit we were able to help people to leave hospital and care for them to become well enough to go home, or the place they call home, separate from other vulnerable people.

“We remain committed to having a specific Covid unit in Derbyshire in anticipation of spikes over the winter.”

The council is creating its new temporary Nightingale unit at The Bungalow in South Derbyshire, which was previously used as a life-skills and short-breaks centre.