WCS Care announces plans for multi-million-pound Warwick care home modernisation

The existing Woodside home on Spinney Hill

Residents at Woodside in Warwick are set to benefit from a multi-million-pound modernisation of their care home under proposals being drawn up by WCS Care. The Warwickshire-based charity, which operates 12 care homes across the county with almost half recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has created plans for a state-of-the-art replacement care home on the existing site in Spinney Hill.

Built in the 1950s, Woodside provides long-term residential and short-term respite care for older people and people with dementia. However, as it’s one of WCS Care’s older homes, it’s now due for an upgrade.

WCS Care aims to create a new deluxe home for older people and people with dementia that could include family-scale households with ensuite rooms throughout, alongside vibrant facilities such as a spa, in-house cinema and traditional launderette.

If given the go-ahead, it would also feature the latest technology designed to enhance and integrate into daily life without being intrusive.

Christine Asbury, WCS Care’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Woodside was built on the Spinney Hill site in the 1950s, so it’s due for an upgrade to ensure we continue to meet the ambitions of the people who live there.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve been talking to residents and their families about ways to modernise the home, and we’re pleased to announce our intention to submit proposals for the development of an inspirational new home that will be built on the existing site, subject to planning permission.

It’s a really exciting time for WCS Care and we’re delighted to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation to ensure every day is well lived.’

During building work, residents from Woodside would relocate to WCS Care’s brand new Castle Brook home in Kenilworth, opening in December 2016, where they’d benefit from deluxe facilities including ensuite rooms throughout, a hair salon, relaxing spa, an on-site shop and coffee shop.

Team members would also be given the opportunity to move to Castle Brook or another WCS Care home while the upgrade was taking place.

WCS Care has been working closely with residents and their families, local authorities and planning advisors during the development of the proposals, which are due to be submitted for approval later this year.

Plans will be available to the local community during a special information day at Woodside on Spinney Hill later this year – further details will be released shortly.

The announcement comes just weeks after WCS Care became the first care home provider in England with five homes recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC, after Newlands in Kenilworth was awarded the top accolade following an inspection in July.