The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), which operates 15 care homes across Lincolnshire, has officially announced a £795,000 development project at its Market Rasen care home.

The Poplars, which is currently home to 40 older people from the region, is set to see the number of dementia beds increased to meet a growing demand for additional specialist care within the local area.

The 470m2  extension will comprise a new 11-bedroom household, which will include additional living, dining and communal areas. This specialist unit will be designed with person centered care in mind, including interior design that will enhance orientation and well being.  The new household will be linked to the home’s existing A-wing corridor to promote seamless integration of the new facilities for the benefit of the residents.

Caroline Dunagan, Assistant Operations Director for OSJCT Lincolnshire said: “With over 850,000 people living with the condition throughout the UK, dementia is a growing issue being faced by many people living in the Lincolnshire community.

“In particular, The Poplars has seen a large increase in dementia-related enquiries over recent years, which led to us identifying a need to support the local community in that area.   It is so important that people needing care services receive it as near to their own home and community as possible.  As a result, we’ve pressed ahead with an investment proposal for the home which, once complete, will allow us to provide even more Market Rasen families with high-quality dementia care.”

Planning permission for the extension was granted to OSJCT in March 2015. Following a tender selection, Lincolnshire based contractor John Martin-Hoyes Ltd were successfully appointed for the build.  The extension is due to start on site in April 2016, and completion anticipated in the Autumn.

Caroline added: “As a Trust, we strive to deliver care to the highest of standards while always being responsive and flexible when it comes to the services and facilities we offer. With dementia becoming more common with every year that passes, our priority is to provide people with the very best care and facilities so that those living with the condition maintain the highest possible quality of life.”