Vida Healthcare unveils ‘care home of the future’ in Harrogate

Vida Healthcare has opened the marketing suite of what is being dubbed the 'care home of the future' for people with dementia at the 100-bed Vida Court on the outskirts of Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

Set to welcome residents from November, the 68,000 square feet Vida Court in the hamlet of Harlow Carr has been designed by specialist interior designer, Nanu Soda, and built by Caddick Construction.

Following the impact of Covid-19, the home has been designed so that each bedroom has a large glass window and every house within the home has a garden room to ensure good ventilation.

Air exchange has been included to ensure clean air constantly flows throughout the building. The natural light and views from the windows and garden rooms will also maintain a good level of mental wellbeing for both staff, residents and their family members when visiting.

A continuous walkway has been incorporated into the design of every house within Vida Court as a crucial aspect of specialist dementia care provision.

The walkways will enable residents to move freely throughout their home, and walk with purpose which supports individuals who like to keep active during their time with Vida Healthcare.

Technology will play a crucial role in facilitating an energising and positive living environment.

Sensory TV windows, walls and artwork will provide residents with opportunities to interact with different environments and stimulate memories and positive behaviours which may have been buried due to their dementia.

Circadian lighting has also been installed to help residents prepare naturally for sleep and waking to maintain a regular routine which supports effective caregiving.

In addition, a 12-seater cinema, convenience store, hair salon, florist and coffee shop are included in the to provide residents with a level of normalcy and consistency with their previous home beyond the realms of a traditional care home.

“At Vida we’re committed to delivering the highest quality care to people living with dementia from across the UK and beyond,” said Vida Healthcare managing director James Rycroft.

“We hope that Vida Court, which integrates the most cutting-edge facilities and technology, will end the perception of care homes as a last resort,” he added.

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