Work is to start shortly on an £8 million specialist community care centre for older people in Heanor.
Derbyshire County Council appointed Mansell Construction to develop the centre on the former Florence Shipley home in Market Place, Heanor, where planning permission has already been granted.
Derbyshire county councillor Paul Jones said: “We are pleased to announce that a developer has been appointed and work is now starting on both developments which will be purpose-built to meet the needs of older people for years to come.
“At each of the new centres the best quality accommodation, care and services will be available for local people.
“We have also ensured that along with this significant investment in the local economy the developer will recruit some of the workforce from the local area. This is a good example of our commitment to providing public sector services.”
The new specialist community care centre will provide 16 long-term residential care beds for older people – including specialist care for people with dementia; 16 short-term residential care beds to help more people return home or stay at home – including respite care and rehabilitation; day care – including activities aimed at older people to promote health and wellbeing such as chair-based exercise classes, themed sessions for people with dementia and their carers, support for carers, walking and dancing groups; a health and wellbeing zone offering advice on health, diet, fitness and finance, including benefits.
The Heanor site is due to open in January 2015.