Care home refurbishment in Tallington will create new jobs

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FORTY new jobs could be created as part of a care home refurbishment.

Country Court Care has applied to demolish part of Tallington Care Home in Main Street, Tallington, construct new accommodation and make significant improvements to the remaining buildings.

The company wants to bring the home up to modern standards and improve the kind of care on offer, while increasing the number of residents it can cater for.

The firm currently employs about 40 staff at the home and estimates that number would double if the revamp were approved.

Country Court Care managing director, Alykhan Kachra, said: “This is a very popular home with a waiting list but we believe that long term we want to improve its quality.

“More and more people are going into care with two needs - dementia and high level nursing care.

“We can only offer dementia care at the moment.

“It’s never nice for a resident to develop further needs and have to move.

“We want people to come to us and know that however their needs develop they can stay in the same home.”

The home currently comprises a three-storey house split into single and double rooms, a two-storey building to the rear and a single-storey wing to the front, both with further bedrooms and other facilities.

The site also includes two large houses which are currently unoccupied.

The firm wants to reorganise the layout of the main house to provide larger rooms, demolish and rebuild the front wing, take down the two unused houses and replace them with a new building with bedrooms and care facilities.

The redevelopment would increase the number of rooms from 39 to 70. The extra staff would be required to cater for the new residents.

Mr Kachra said if the plans were approved the work would be phased and would not affect current residents.

He added: “We are hoping to have a public consultation with the people of Tallington to explain the plans.”