Exemplar Health Care applies to Rutland County Council to build care home for adults who have had a brain injury or stroke near Oakham
A new care home for adults who need help following a brain injury or stroke could be built near Oakham, creating more than 100 jobs.
Rotherham-based firm Exemplar Health Care has submitted an application to build the 30-bedroom care home, and a six bedroom bungalow, on a 1.1 acre site off Hackamore Way in Barleythorpe.
If approved by Rutland County Council, the home will support adults who need specialist nursing care and rehabilitation following a brain injury, spinal cord injury or stroke, or are living with a complex physical disability or mental health condition. The six bedroom bungalow will be a standalone service for people living with learning disabilities.
Exemplar Health Care said the proposal would create a “substantial” number of jobs during the construction phase, and more than 100 full and part-time jobs when it is open. These will include physiotherapists, occupational therapists and mental health and behaviour support specialists.
Commissioning director for Exemplar Health Care Charlotte Lloyd said: “We’ve worked closely with health and social care authorities in the area, and hope to bring these specialist services to enable local people with complex needs, whether this is due to illness or accident, to live close to home, regain their independence and everyday living skills, and move back into their homes in the community.”
The building being proposed is T-shaped, comprising three self-contained 10-bed units with ancillary accommodation in support. This is because the care provision can be specialist and limiting the number of service user rooms in each unit assists with operational efficiency. The application goes on to say that arranging the units over different storeys - there are three - has “proved beneficial in reducing potential for stress and confusion amongst residents”.
If it is given the go-ahead, the home will open sometime next year.
Exemplar Health Care has 32 similar homes across the country and says its focus is to provide “person centred care and rehabilitation that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible”. People are referred to its services by local authorities or clinical commissioning groups.