Closed Swanage care home to be re-opened after development
A Swanage care home is set to be re-opened after a Dorset company purchased the long term lease.
Agincare aims to open the redeveloped James Day Residential Home by November after detailed discussions between the Swanage Council and Dorset County Council.
The home will offer care for older people in Swanage after the home closed in 2010. The first phase of the redevelopment will see an extensive refurbishment, offering 45 residential places for both private and council-funded clients.
Derek Luckhurst, chairman and owner of Agincare said: "As a Dorset-based company, Agincare are proud to be working with Dorset County Council and the Swanage community to bring the James Day home back to life.
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"We will be utilising our significant resources and national experience to meet the current and future residential care needs of the town."
A building team made up of Agincare employees and local workers have already started work on the site to ensure the home is open in time for the winter.
The new facilities will include the development of a 'community hub' which will provide a base for Agincare's home care and meal delivery services.
Cllr Andrew Cattaway, cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said: "We are very pleased that we now have a positive solution for residential care for people in Swanage that takes into account growth of the older population and the shortage of existing care homes.
"This will give a much-needed boost of investment and provide modern care facilities that will benefit the local area."