The three 50-bed flexible facilities – which will provide state-of-the-art accommodation and care for those living with dementia, as well as people with other long-term residential and nursing care needs – is set to open by the end of 2019.
Liverpool City Council currently spends almost £50m a year on residential and nursing care, as well as a further £11m on dementia and memory loss services.
The council will borrow the money to build the centres in Anfield, Speke and the north of the city, with repayments covered by income from the leases on each site.
“We have already invested heavily in creating new social care hubs across the city in recent years, but our increasing elderly population means that we are facing a significant challenge in ensuring that there is sufficient capacity within our social care system to meet the needs of people with dementia and other long-term care needs,” said Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool.
The council saw significant cuts to its budget from central government of £420m between 2010 and 2020.
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“The decision to invest in three purpose-built care homes that will offer residential and nursing dementia beds and carer respite is part of our invest to save strategy and will help ease pressure on other, more costly parts of the health service such as hospital beds, and save the public purse money,” added Mr Anderson.
“Crucially, they will also act as flexible care hubs that can meet surges in demand and help to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and delays in ward discharges.”
Suzanne Hughes, deputy CEO of Shaw healthcare, said it was proud to be selected to deliver the project.
“The aims of this project echoes Shaw’s own values of wellness, kindness and happiness; which means a commitment to providing high-quality care services that enable elderly and vulnerable people to enjoy the best possible quality of life, supported by well trained staff in a caring environment.”
Liverpool City Council will apply for secure planning consent for the three facilities – which will be designed by Kier Architects – with construction to be undertaken by Willmott Dixon Construction.