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  • Innovative £500,000 dementia suite officially opens in Harrogate

    The Springwater suite, which will be home to a community of up to 14 people has been designed to enable people to continue to live well with dementia, maintaining as much of their independence as possible.

    Following a complete transformation and investment of half a million pounds by the Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) which operates the home, the new suite is set to offer a transformative care environment.

    Facilities will include a specially designed open and safe ‘lifestyle’ kitchenette area extending to a Café designed to be engaging and help sustain independence and retention of skills and social connections, and a pampering spa-themed bathing room, offering hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and Croma therapy. The reception and lounge area has been opened up creating a new reception desk and stunning coffee bar.

    Marsha Tuffin, Head of Dementia Innovation at Maria Mallaband Care Group, said: “MMCG’s vision for the Belmont House Springwater Dementia Suite is simply to enable people to live a good quality of life within a supportive, thriving community.

    “Springwater will become a small community of 14 people in a vibrant dementia care environment designed to empower their independence and well-being through bespoke interior design elements.”

    Carefully chosen artwork on display in the corridors and communal areas will reflect the history of the local area, and the design includes the creation of bespoke reminiscence and reflection areas, featuring Betty’s Tea Rooms, Farrah’s Confectioners, Harrogate Spa, Harrogate Theatre Royal, Yorkshire sports people and the Royal Family.

    Tuffin added: “Residents already living at Belmont have contributed heavily, sharing stories and insights about history, landmarks and favourite places to visit in Harrogate. Their intimate knowledge of the area has inspired the artwork throughout the Springwater Suite, ensuring the content will resonate with the memories and experiences of those living there.

    “Experience tells us meaningful and rewarding conversations will flow as a consequence of our holistic approach to design, which uniquely supports vital, multi-generational interaction.

    “Like all the best things it’s the attention to detail which makes the difference and Springwater’s attentive design will enable living well with dementia in an enriched and supportive home.”

    Belmont House is a custom-built private 101-bedroomed home with five separate suites across three floors, including a residential suite, a residential dementia suite, a dementia nursing suits and a general nursing suite.

    Manager Lindsey Harrison said: “We are so excited to be opening our new Springwater Suite, which puts all the latest research and understanding about dementia care into practice.

    “This very special, bespoke space, designed specifically to serve the Harrogate community, will enable us to support the continued independence and meaningful interactions and experiences of those living there.

    “Once again MMCG is pouring in resources and expertise to help us to fulfil our mission to deliver the best possible care for everyone here at Belmont House.”


    Stuart O'Brien

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