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Care Centres in Birmingham

Latest news - 8 September 2009

After over 4 months of successful and well attended 'Dementia Cafe' events at the Kenrick Centre we now have plans to extend these 'cafes' to our other 3 Care Centres. In the meantime the Alzheimer's Society are continuing to run the Dementia Cafe at the The Kenrick Centre on the first Tuesday of every month. If you would like to be kept updated about our plans or want to find out more about the valuable work carried out by the Alzheimer's Society please phone Berni Blackledge on 0121 442 6565 (Birmingham and Solihull Alzheimer's Society Helpline) or email her: Bernie.Blackledge@alzheimers.org.uk

The Perry Tree, The Kenrick, The Norman Power and The Ann Marie Howes Centres are the first of a new range of buildings being developed as part of Birmingham City Council's plans to redevelop older peoples' services. These state-of-the-art care centres have been built in line with our Commissioning Strategy for Older People and the White Paper 'Our Health, Our Care, Our Say - a new direction for community services'. Our Commissioning Strategy was developed by listening to the improvements that older people and their carers wanted to the services and standards of care provided by Adults and Communities.

Councillor Sue Anderson, Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, is delighted with the new centres and believes that they herald a new dawn for elderly care in the city.

Speaking at the Perry Tree Centre on the 8 July 2008, Councillor Sue Anderson said: “These Care Centres are unique in the country and it is brilliant that Birmingham is leading the way."

"Hopefully we are entering a new phase in this country with how we care for the elderly as a society and these Care Centres are part of that.”

Between May and July 2008 we held successful open days at our first three care centres with over 2000 visitors passing through the doors. Residents have now moved into all four of the Care Centres. The Ann Marie Howes Centre in Sheldon Heath, Yardley was handed over by the builders Wates in July 2008.

Each centre works in partnership with health, voluntary organisations and their local community to offer:

  • services for older people with dementia and higher levels of need
  • 64 high-quality bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • rehabilitation and therapy services for vulnerable people in Birmingham
  • an assistive technology shop demonstrating electronic and mechanical devices such as alarms and key turners, to make living in your own home easier and safer
  • a restaurant, hair salon, activities rooms and landscaped gardens, a gym and therapy rooms to promote health and wellbeing in older people to reduce the likelihood of admission to hospital.

Environmental emphasis

The care centres all incorporate a host of environmentally friendly features including:

  • under floor heating ensuring that the centres are evenly and efficiently heated
  • roof-mounted solar panels that can generate up to 25% of the hot water supplies
  • duel fuel boilers allowing heat and power to be provided by natural gas or rape seed soil.

If you need more information please call us on 0121 303 2707 or email capitalprojects@birmingham.gov.uk