Highwood is building a 64-bed specialist dementia care home for Brackley Investments in the village of Climping, close to the seaside town of Littlehampton in West Sussex. When complete, the care home will be run by Healthcare Management Trust (HMT), a charity that provides health and social care.
Designed by London architects, Hunters, the £10 million Climping scheme has been hailed as a pioneering innovation in care home design and approach; its ethos is to feel less like a care home and more a familiar home for its residents. Designed over two storeys, incorporating four wings housing 16 bedrooms, each wing is split into two households of eight-bedroom homes with their own domestic kitchen, dining and living room spaces.
As a specialist dementia facility with a novel approach to care, HMT’s residents will live in these individual homes alongside others experiencing a similar dementia stage. This holistic, ‘family’ approach to developing relationships and the mental wellbeing of residents is crucial for encouraging social interaction and minimising stress and anxiety.
All individual ‘homes’ feature beautiful en-suite bedrooms, communal areas, including living and dining rooms, reading rooms and a garden lounge. Terraces overlook the landscaped grounds that are accessible to residents and their visitors. Further facilities include a café, tea room, shop and hair salon.
Construction of the Climping project is due for completion in spring 2023 and it is anticipated that HMT will welcome its first residents following a specialist fit-out in summer 2023.
(All images courtesy: Hunters)
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