The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), which runs 18 care homes throughout Wiltshire, has announced that the £240,000 refurbishment project at its Marlborough care facility has reached its halfway point.

The renovation project at Coombe End Court began during November 2015 and was designed to refurbish and redecorate the 60-bed care home by improving the physical and social environment for people living with dementia.

As part of the project, a ‘destination area’ will be built into the home, incorporating a ‘café and bistro, cinema, corner shop and an informal seating area. The home’s existing hair salon will also be given an update as part of the refurbishment.

Additionally, the ground floor’s 20-bed household will undergo a major refurbishment to incorporate best practice dementia design, where possible, with the aim of enriching the area’s physical and social environment to enhance the quality of life for residents living with dementia. Enhanced training in dementia care is also being provided to all staff working with residents with dementia.

Robin Khokhar, Wiltshire Assistant Operations Director for OSJCT, said: “With over 850,000 people living with the condition throughout the UK, dementia is a growing issue being faced by many Wiltshire residents.

“As part of our Trust-wide strategy, we decided it was of the utmost importance to ensure that the facilities we offer people in the region are of the highest quality, especially when it comes to dementia care and design. As a result, we’ve pressed ahead with this refurbishment project for a home that, once complete, will allow us to provide a much higher quality of dementia care to families in the Marlborough area.”

Thames Ceilings Ltd and interior designer, Colourways, are the companies working on the project, which is tentatively set for completion during Summer 2016.

Robin 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.”