A dementia centre in Ogmore Vale which is in the running for a top national design award after a multimillion pound revamp is celebrating with a charity donation to help others battling the condition.
Anwen Care Home, in Heol Pant-Yr-Awel Ogmore Vale, has won a place in the final of the prestigious Pinders Healthcare Design Awards following a £5million refurbishment project embracing the very latest advances in dementia-friendly design.
In celebration of its achievements, the care home welcomed Huw Irranca Davies, Assembly Member for Ogmore and former Welsh Minister for Children and Social Care, to present a £2,000 cheque to the Alzheimer’s Society in support of its ground-breaking research.
The donation includes £500 in prize funding for making the final of the Pinders Awards and has been topped up with a generous £1,500 donation from Anwen and group owners Care Inn Ltd.
Huw, who has supported the home’s refurbishment since visiting two years ago when the community installed a defibrillator at the facility, said: “Congratulations to Anwen on being the only home in Wales to be shortlisted for the Pinders Design Award in recognition of their work.
“As a big supporter of Anwen, I am delighted to present this cheque received from Pinders for the Alzheimer’s Society as Anwen’s nominated charity. Well done everyone and keep up the good work.”
Staff at the home also presented Huw with a signed photograph from one of his previous visits as a thank you for his continued support.
The Pinders Healthcare Design Awards honour the best health-care led developments across the UK and Anwen Care Home have been nominated in the regeneration category. Representatives from the home will now attend a glittering awards ceremony in London on March 13th.
Sanjiv Joshi, director of Care Inn Ltd, said: “We are absolutely delighted we’ve made it through to the final, especially since the other two chosen finalists in our category are incredible projects of a magnitude of five to ten times our own project.
“It’s acknowledgement that we are recognised for delivering quality design in a public- funded area. It’s easier to deliver great quality of design in a private funded area because you can charge and recover that investment but Anwen is within a deprived area and most of our residents are public-funded. To be recognised alongside projects in a self-funded market is a great honour.
We are the only home in Wales to have made it through to the final and for this we are very proud. The Alzheimer’s Society is very close to our hearts. My mother in law in India suffers from Alzheimer’s and we are a specialist dementia centre. We all felt this donation was an appropriate way to celebrate.
We are very grateful to Huw for being such a big supporter of the care home since the days he was an MP. He has seen the whole transformation and has supported us all the way. This award is fantastic achievement for the whole team at Anwen from the property team and designers through to the maintenance, cleaning staff and carers.”
Sue Phelps, Country Director for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, said: “Congratulations to Anwen Care Home on reaching the finals of the Pinders Heathcare Design Awards. We are delighted to accept this generous donation which will support people living with dementia across the country”.
Every stage of Anwen’s development was inspired by dementia research with interactive artworks sprawling the corridors, colour contrasting handrails, hand-painted walls capturing local scenery and a new glass nurses’ hub at the centre of care home life.
Some rooms boast their own private gardens with stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys while a brand new, nostalgically-designed cinema room has been created to take residents on a trip back in time.
There’s also a new café, hairdressers’, beach area complete with Japanese pagoda and new road providing access to the ground floor for ambulances.