Marleyfield House opens new extension
Flintshire’s new £8.4 million expanded and redeveloped Marleyfield House, is opening its doors today.
The care home has doubled its capacity to support up to 64 older people, with an expansion that has been purpose built to accommodate the needs of older people not only looking for a new home with residential care but also residents who have had a stay in hospital and will benefit from a range of therapies to help them return home having gained maximum independence.
The new 32 rooms have private outdoor space either through a balcony on the first floor or a patio on the ground. The extension has also created a new communal area both indoors and outdoors, office space and store rooms, extended car parking facilities and extensive sensitive landscaping designed to encourage residents to use the outdoor space to enhance their wellbeing. The kitchen facilities have also been remodeled and refurbished to provide for the needs of an increasing number of diners.
Refurbishment is also ongoing within the original building to give a fresh new look for residents living within these areas.
This is an excellent example of the local authority’s pro-active approach to addressing the current significant pressures and fragility in the care sector across the country.
Working in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and supported by Welsh Government funding, 16 of the rooms will be provided for placements tor older people in need of support as part of a timely and appropriate hospital discharge. Flintshire residents will benefit from intense rehabilitation from an onsite team to help maximise their independence whilst providing realistic and real time assessment of longer-term needs, aiming to get people back home to their own homes within 6 weeks.
Flintshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councilor Christine Jones, said:
“It is great to see this fantastic modern extension to Marleyfield opening today, we will take a phased approach to filling the placement as we must keep everyone safe. This reaffirms the Council’s commitment to investing money in critical services. I am proud that Flintshire County Council continues to support our most vulnerable residents.”
Jayne Sankey, Assistant Director of Nursing (East) for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said:
“The opening of Marleyfield’ s additional places is an extremely positive step and demonstrates the commitment to the ongoing assessment of residents in the more appropriate setting and out of a hospital environment.
“This new development enables community health and social care teams to support people in their ongoing rehabilitation programme as they prepare to return home, and is a beautiful environment to support recovery and the regaining of independence and personal goals
“Thanks to Flintshire County Council for leading this important project and for the opportunity to work in collaboration in the best interest of people living in Flintshire.”