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One of the plushest care homes in the country has opened in the East Yorkshire town of Beverley, boasting a cinema, a cocktail bar and a spa.
The Yorkare Care Home cost £6 million ($8m) and is home to people suffering from dementia. It is the third such home in the UK and has been designed with the needs of dementia suffers in mind: it features an old-school street scene to maximise familiarity, retro shops and a jukebox - where residents can listen to their favourite old records.
Laurence Garton, Yorkare's Development Director, says: "We are extremely happy with how Beverley Parklands is progressing, we have taken the designs from our last two award-winning projects and implemented these, along with some new ideas, here.
"We won the healthcare design awards due to the facilities our homes provide and the 'dementia friendly' design."
Residents can enjoy a wander through the street, taking advantage of the tea room, the bakery or a hair and beauty salon, as well as gardens and a bowling green.
"We develop our homes around creating a home from home environment with an emphasis on allowing the residents and their visitors to continue being as active and involved as possible," said Garton.
"We try to create as many different areas within the home that allow the residents to do what they always would've done and for their visitors to be involved with them."
The space does not just work for the residents. It is maximised to allow their families to enjoy visiting their relatives as well.
Garton said "We often have families visit for a full afternoon and they won't have spent any time in their bedroom, lounge or dining room.
"They may use the cinema for the afternoon, mum and daughter do their nails or hair together in the salon, have dinner in the piano or cocktail bar, just or use our tea room to make drinks and their own lunch together."
Naturally, the facilities don't come cheap. One of their 78 rooms will set you back £700 a week - a fair whack more than the state pension, for sure - but you can't put a price on comfort.
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