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Barchester Healthcare commits to further high quality developments for the care sector

3rd March 2006

Barchester Healthcare, the number one provider of high quality residential and nursing care, today revealed an ambitious £35 million development programme which will increase its portfolio of 10,000 beds by an additional 500.

Well known for their innovative approach to providing quality care, Barchester has also committed to a multi-million pound refurbishment plan of current facilities to ensure their residents have access to the most modern facilities in first class surroundings.

The expansion will impact four main areas of the business: services for older people, the Memory Lane programme for residents with dementia, specialist healthcare services and Beaumont Close Care apartments for independent living.

Barchester's dedicated property services team have recruited two new Managers to ensure the development and refurbishment of current homes is well supported. The team focus on consistently and sympathetically updating and renovating existing properties within the portfolio. Barchester is also unique in its approach to interior design. With a dedicated design team supporting the 170 homes across the UK, focussing on the comfort, practicality and the well-being of residents and staff within the individual homes.

Barry Sweetbaum, Chief Operating Officer at Barchester Healthcare said: “Quality lies at the heart of every Barchester Home and the standard of the environment our residents live in is fundamental. Our development and refurbishment plans for 2006 are very exciting and form part of our growth strategy which includes a continuation to build new care homes. This truly highlights our commitment to driving the quality of residents’ surroundings and setting even higher industry standards.”

"Across the company we recognise the differing needs of our client groups and tailor the settings to suit their specific requirements. For example, great consideration is given to the design and use of colour, fabrics and floorings. Within our Care Centres which provide Neuro Services we know that those recovering from a brain injury may have an altered perception and may be unable to cope with vibrant colours and patterns. Our interior design team are constantly searching for new materials and designs and when they can't be found we commission our own. The sofas we have in our Memory Lane communities and homes for the elderly were designed with shorter seats to enable smaller people to be able to easily stand from them.”

Once again, Barchester has been recognised for their commitment to design with two finalists in the 2006 Pinder's Design Awards. Winchester House in Rochester has been short listed for the 'Best New Build for the Elderly' award and The White Lodge in Wiltshire is a finalist in the 'Best Revival Project'.