Specialist dementia care home opens in Bolton

From left, Karen Dean, deputy manager at The Bakewells Care Home, resident Lilian Walsh, proprietor Andy Morgan and the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Martin Donaghy

From left, Karen Dean, deputy manager at The Bakewells Care Home, resident Lilian Walsh, proprietor Andy Morgan and the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Martin Donaghy

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

A specialist dementia care unit has opened after Bolton was given £1 million of government funding to improve care in the town.

The Bakewells Care Home’s new eight-bed unit was unveiled by the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Martin Donaghy.

It includes an activities and sensory room, which will help residents interact and communicate with their families and care staff, and a refurbished garden with a water feature.

Andy Morgan, managing director of the home, said: “Our aim is to improve the care facilities available in Bolton for people with dementia as we believe presently a facility of this type and size is only available out-of-borough.

“Our driving force at the home is the health and wellbeing of our residents and their families.”

The home, in Junction Road, Deane, was awarded £249,210 by the Department for Health as one of three care homes in Bolton to receive a slice of £1 million in government funding.

The Bolton Council-run Laburnum Lodge, in Breightmet Fold Lane, received £499,811 from the same pot and is set to re-open to residents next month after being fitted with “dementia-friendly” fittings.

These include sensory and reminiscence rooms with IT facilities and entertainment for the residents.

Blackrod House Care Home is spending £249,210 on developing its loft space, so more bedrooms, an activities lounge and a beauty salon can be put into the home in Chorley Road.

Cllr Christopher Peacock, cabinet member for adult social care, said he welcomed investment into dementia services in Bolton.

He added: “The Bakewells is one of three care homes in Bolton to benefit from a slice of funding from the government, designated for improving dementia care.

“They were part of a funding process which we, as the local authority, led to secure overall investment for such an important aspect of care.

“We hope the new dementia unit will help to improve independence for residents and their families and that they enjoy the new garden area. Dementia care is a specialised area and the right environment and atmosphere can make such a difference. ”

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8:29am Tue 19 Aug 14

The Squire In Residence says...

A worthy addition - no doubt. But it did occur to me that councillors seem to know how to access funding for private ventures (and be succesful in doing so) with remarkable ease.... Just saying!
A worthy addition - no doubt. But it did occur to me that councillors seem to know how to access funding for private ventures (and be succesful in doing so) with remarkable ease.... Just saying! The Squire In Residence
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4:19pm Tue 19 Aug 14

templejohn says...

What about the other care homes , with teams that specialise in the

treatment of dementia, why are they not allocated a slice of the money,

or is it ,, if your face fits?????
What about the other care homes , with teams that specialise in the treatment of dementia, why are they not allocated a slice of the money, or is it ,, if your face fits????? templejohn
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5:16pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Fizz18 says...

The Squire In Residence wrote:
A worthy addition - no doubt. But it did occur to me that councillors seem to know how to access funding for private ventures (and be succesful in doing so) with remarkable ease.... Just saying!
cannot agree more, what position did Andy Morgan hold as a councillor for Bolton...... argh yes something to do with Health and Social Care committee.... and how many homes in the Bolton Borough does he have a financial interest in...... amazing !
[quote][p][bold]The Squire In Residence[/bold] wrote: A worthy addition - no doubt. But it did occur to me that councillors seem to know how to access funding for private ventures (and be succesful in doing so) with remarkable ease.... Just saying![/p][/quote]cannot agree more, what position did Andy Morgan hold as a councillor for Bolton...... argh yes something to do with Health and Social Care committee.... and how many homes in the Bolton Borough does he have a financial interest in...... amazing ! Fizz18
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Tue 19 Aug 14

mrpolly says...

Such hypocrisy and lies. It was only a few months ago that Laburnam Lodge in Breigthmet was designated as a new Intermediate Care Centre once Alderbank in Kearsley was closed (due soon) and Thicketford House in Tonge Moor and Winifred Kettle House in Westhoughton were redesignated as day centres. Added to that is the closure of Firwood House to residential care.
Our Labour Councillors should be ashamed of themselves - allowing private companies, by stealth , to take over the care of the most vulnerable people in our Borough.
Again, it was only a few months ago that Wilfred Geere House in Farnworth was to be the "centre of excellence" for dementia care. What odds now on that closing before the end of the year.
I despair because of the lies fed to us all.
Please ask your Councillor what the hell is going on!!!
Such hypocrisy and lies. It was only a few months ago that Laburnam Lodge in Breigthmet was designated as a new Intermediate Care Centre once Alderbank in Kearsley was closed (due soon) and Thicketford House in Tonge Moor and Winifred Kettle House in Westhoughton were redesignated as day centres. Added to that is the closure of Firwood House to residential care. Our Labour Councillors should be ashamed of themselves - allowing private companies, by stealth , to take over the care of the most vulnerable people in our Borough. Again, it was only a few months ago that Wilfred Geere House in Farnworth was to be the "centre of excellence" for dementia care. What odds now on that closing before the end of the year. I despair because of the lies fed to us all. Please ask your Councillor what the hell is going on!!! mrpolly
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11:35pm Tue 19 Aug 14

nosynewsreader says...

mrpolly wrote:
Such hypocrisy and lies. It was only a few months ago that Laburnam Lodge in Breigthmet was designated as a new Intermediate Care Centre once Alderbank in Kearsley was closed (due soon) and Thicketford House in Tonge Moor and Winifred Kettle House in Westhoughton were redesignated as day centres. Added to that is the closure of Firwood House to residential care.
Our Labour Councillors should be ashamed of themselves - allowing private companies, by stealth , to take over the care of the most vulnerable people in our Borough.
Again, it was only a few months ago that Wilfred Geere House in Farnworth was to be the "centre of excellence" for dementia care. What odds now on that closing before the end of the year.
I despair because of the lies fed to us all.
Please ask your Councillor what the hell is going on!!!
Totally agree
[quote][p][bold]mrpolly[/bold] wrote: Such hypocrisy and lies. It was only a few months ago that Laburnam Lodge in Breigthmet was designated as a new Intermediate Care Centre once Alderbank in Kearsley was closed (due soon) and Thicketford House in Tonge Moor and Winifred Kettle House in Westhoughton were redesignated as day centres. Added to that is the closure of Firwood House to residential care. Our Labour Councillors should be ashamed of themselves - allowing private companies, by stealth , to take over the care of the most vulnerable people in our Borough. Again, it was only a few months ago that Wilfred Geere House in Farnworth was to be the "centre of excellence" for dementia care. What odds now on that closing before the end of the year. I despair because of the lies fed to us all. Please ask your Councillor what the hell is going on!!![/p][/quote]Totally agree nosynewsreader
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12:35am Tue 26 Aug 14

le cochon volant says...

That is why Andy Morgan has been so quiet on the proposed privatisation of the NHS in Bolton.

He is all for it. He and the rest of the leeches in parliament with links to private healthcare and insurance stand to personally profit from the destruction of the NHS in Bolton and nationally.
That is why Andy Morgan has been so quiet on the proposed privatisation of the NHS in Bolton. He is all for it. He and the rest of the leeches in parliament with links to private healthcare and insurance stand to personally profit from the destruction of the NHS in Bolton and nationally. le cochon volant
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7:00pm Tue 26 Aug 14

le cochon volant says...

It is now patently obvious that when Cllr. Andy Morgan said:

“People need to stop playing politics with the NHS”.
and: “the intention was to reinvest money saved from bed closures into community services”
and: “…It’s not about savings, it’s about improving services and caring for people in their own homes.”

He was err…being economical with the truth.

What he really meant to say was:

“Only people like me should be allowed to play politics with the NHS”.
“…the intention was to reinvest money saved from bed closures into businesses like mine”.
and: “…it’s about caring for people in businesses like mine”.

No wonder that Bolton Councillor Andy Morgan, in his capacity as member of Bolton’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, would not speak out against Bolton CCG’s, and the Coalition’s proposed reforms (ie Theft) of the NHS from the people of Bolton.

NHS facilities and staff are being starved of funding to the tune of over £20 billion on Mckinsey’s recommendation, an organisation which a direct hand in drawing up the Health and Social Care Act, which is designed to privatise the NHS.

As part of that privatisation, four thousand (4000) ward sisters, community matrons, clinical nursing specialists, and advanced nurse practitioners have been sacked from the NHS since the Conservative /Liberal coalition came to power.

Yet the Department of Health sees fit to hand out £249,210 to the Bakewell’s Care Home in Bolton of which Andy Morgan (formerly a Councillor on Bolton’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee) is managing director.

It is an utter disgrace to the office of Bolton’s Mayor that The Bakewells Care Home unit should be unveiled by the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr. Martin Donaghy.

Andy Morgan claims: “Our driving force at the home is the health and wellbeing of our residents and their families.”

And Cllr. Christopher Peacock, cabinet member for adult social care, claims that “The Bakewells is one of three care homes in Bolton to benefit from a slice of funding from the government, designated for improving dementia care.”

Poppycock. That project, like all similar projects, has but one aim: to fill the pockets of the owners of private businesses at the expense of the NHS taxpayer.
It is now patently obvious that when Cllr. Andy Morgan said: “People need to stop playing politics with the NHS”. and: “the intention was to reinvest money saved from bed closures into community services” and: “…It’s not about savings, it’s about improving services and caring for people in their own homes.” He was err…being economical with the truth. What he really meant to say was: “Only people like me should be allowed to play politics with the NHS”. “…the intention was to reinvest money saved from bed closures into businesses like mine”. and: “…it’s about caring for people in businesses like mine”. No wonder that Bolton Councillor Andy Morgan, in his capacity as member of Bolton’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, would not speak out against Bolton CCG’s, and the Coalition’s proposed reforms (ie Theft) of the NHS from the people of Bolton. NHS facilities and staff are being starved of funding to the tune of over £20 billion on Mckinsey’s recommendation, an organisation which a direct hand in drawing up the Health and Social Care Act, which is designed to privatise the NHS. As part of that privatisation, four thousand (4000) ward sisters, community matrons, clinical nursing specialists, and advanced nurse practitioners have been sacked from the NHS since the Conservative /Liberal coalition came to power. Yet the Department of Health sees fit to hand out £249,210 to the Bakewell’s Care Home in Bolton of which Andy Morgan (formerly a Councillor on Bolton’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee) is managing director. It is an utter disgrace to the office of Bolton’s Mayor that The Bakewells Care Home unit should be unveiled by the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr. Martin Donaghy. Andy Morgan claims: “Our driving force at the home is the health and wellbeing of our residents and their families.” And Cllr. Christopher Peacock, cabinet member for adult social care, claims that “The Bakewells is one of three care homes in Bolton to benefit from a slice of funding from the government, designated for improving dementia care.” Poppycock. That project, like all similar projects, has but one aim: to fill the pockets of the owners of private businesses at the expense of the NHS taxpayer. le cochon volant
  • Score: -1

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