A care home operator is ploughing £6.2m into a new specialist care development in North Tyneside which is set to be the first of its kind in the region.
Eothen Homes, which runs care facilities in Gosforth, Whitley Bay and Sutton in Surrey, will construct the 60-bed residential facility in Wallsend focussed on providing care for people with dementia.
The venture is set to create 42 new jobs once open and Barclays has supported for the firm, a registered charity, with its new development by agreeing a funding package for the home.
Design features in the home will include a ‘family home’ environment as well as an array of engaging activities for residents and residential facilities for partners and spouses.
Eothen Homes, established in 1950 to provide Christian-based care, said the facility will be unique to the North East, helping to significantly raise the bar in specialist dementia care in the area.
Jenny Hearl, chief executive of Eothen Homes, said: “This new dementia facility will break new ground in terms of its design, services and features.
“The layout and general provision has been developed in line with the latest research and thinking into dementia care and we are excited to be the first to bring this to the North East.”
Lesley Telford, relationship director at Barclays, said: “Eothen is delivering further innovation for an exciting sector in the North East and the new facility will provide state of the art care for the local ageing population.
“The new funding from Barclays will not only enable the delivery of innovation but also help secure new job and career opportunities for the North East.”
Newcastle law firm Sintons, which has worked with the care provider for a number of years, has overseen the construction, property and financial legal aspects.
Mark Dobbin, head of real estate at Sintons, added: “Eothen Homes has an enviable reputation for the quality of its facilities alongside a strong commitment to exceptional standards, and we are very pleased to be able to work alongside Barclays to support them in the addition of a new ground-breaking development to their portfolio.”