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Improvement Works

Work Continues in £3.5million Upgrade of Older People’s Homes

 

Major improvement works are continuing across Bedford Borough’s care homes.

 

The Council is carrying out a £3.5million upgrade of its residential homes for older people. Works that have been completed include improved bathrooms with boilers and pipework replaced where necessary, more access ramps alongside external works including car parks and paving, and internal remodelling.

 

The works have ranged from more efficient and modern heating systems put in place, to smaller details such as improved gardens and lighter more welcoming communal areas and receptions for the benefit of residents and their guests. There has also been general redecoration carried out to update and improve the whole feel of our homes.

 

There is more to come though, with new lifts being installed in every home, new entrances complete at Parkside and either ongoing or to be scheduled later this year at other homes, and further remodelling, redecoration and lighting upgrades planned.

 

Cllr Anthony Forth, Portfolio Holder for Adults Service said “These care homes came back under local authority management in 2014 which gave all staff the opportunity to be harmonised onto the Council’s terms and conditions including the National Living Wage.  The continuous improvement of the care homes would not have been possible without investment from the Council and I am delighted that we have been able to undertake these works and enhance the experience of those who live in these homes.”

 

The works have been planned around the residents to minimise disruption to day to day living, and are expected to be complete by 2019, with the improvements set to be in place for years to come.

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