Bracknell marks construction path for Heathlands care home

Bracknell Forest Council has held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark construction kicking off for the £9.2m Heathlands care home in Berkshire.

The Heathlands site, being undertaken by construction contractor Stepnell, will see the construction of a 66-bed specialist care facility designed around the core needs of its residents.

The council said the facility will offer a safe and secure environment for patients suffering with dementia or transitioning from hospital to their home.

“Once complete, the Heathlands Integrated Health and Care home will provide important specialist care to patients at a time in their life when they perhaps are feeling most vulnerable,” said Bracknell Forest Council executive member for adult services, health and housing Cllr Dale Birch.

“Skilled medical staff will provide tailored support to help patients transition from hospital back to their home and will provide dementia patients with a modern, secure and safe space, so they can feel confident, cared for and reassured in their new environment,” he added.

Stepnell has already completed the demolition of the pre-existing care home that closed in 2016.

The redevelopment of Heathlands is due to be completed in November 2021 with the facility expected to open in December 2021.

Fiona Slevin-Brown, East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group executive managing director for Bracknell Forest, said: “The redevelopment of the Heathlands provides an exciting opportunity for health and care colleagues to work together to enable more of our residents to use the nursing home and to access intermediate care within the borough.”