Care home to be the start of many in the region

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A NEW £4m care home in Cramlington has opened its doors to welcome its first residents.

Dementia care provider Craig Healthcare received the keys last week to the new 63-bed care home in the town, ahead of its opening on April 8.

Cramlington House is the first new care home to be built as part of the company’s expansion programme, with five more homes earmarked in the region over the next five to ten years.

The home, which has created 75 full-time jobs, will provide families in and around Cramlington with the option to accommodate loved ones in a specialist dementia care home.

Estimates reveal there are currently around 800,000 dementia sufferers in the UK, which could rise to 1m by 2021 and to 1.7m by 2051.

Linda Gallon, general manager at Cramlington House, said: “We’re extremely excited for the opening of Cramlington House.

“It will be one of the best dementia care homes in the north east and will provide the highest level of care to its residents.

“The success of Kingsbury House has given us the confidence to expand our portfolio of care homes, having built up a good reputation over the years for providing high quality care for elderly people.”

Construction of Cramlington House, which is based off Bassington Avenue near Cramlington Rail Station, was overseen by Northallerton-based Walter Thompson.

Cramlington House will care for a range of needs, looking after elderly residents who require specialised care, and those who are non-dementia sufferers.

Lucy Craig, director of Craig Healthcare, said: “As a care provider, we pride ourselves on putting residents first, and strive to combine this with appropriate high-quality accommodation and dementia care excellence.

“Cramlington House is the first step in expanding our portfolio of specialist care homes across the region.”

Local residents and members of the public can have a look around Cramlington House care home at an open day on Thursday, April 11, between 10am and 7pm.