Healthcare Homes extension wing reaches final approach

Healthcare Homes is nearing completion of a £2.3m dementia-specialist extension at its Fornham House care home near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

The self-contained wing will support up to 17 people living with the condition.

In addition to the 17 new ensuite bedrooms, a new lounge area and dining room are being created together with an extensive decked area and internal courtyard. 

The wing will be furnished with modern fittings in keeping with the traditional setting of Fornham House, which sits centrally within its landscaped, walled gardens.  Visitor parking is also being extended.

The project is being undertaken by Horizon Construction, which anticipates the programme of works concluding by the end of October.

“This is a very exciting development for our home and will offer a dementia-specialist service to anyone who may be looking for support for a loved-one,” said Fornham House home manager Desiree Jooste.  

“In total, we will be able to accommodate up to 88 residents for both residential and dementia-focused care, and will be increasing staff numbers by around 20 per cent, which is all very positive,” she added.

In addition to the new wing, Fornham House is home to a temporary garden visiting pod, which enables residents to meet family members in a Covid-safe environment.

The wooden cabin, named the ‘Rainbow Room’ by residents, has a Perspex screen to separate visitors from residents and an intercom to make communicating easy.

The room is also equipped with heating when required, insulation and nurse call buttons.