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Upton community to benefit from new Waypoints home

The main structure of a £6.8 million new Waypoints dementia care home is taking shape in the heart of Upton, Poole.

Transformation of the derelict former Greenridge public house site is well underway and scheduled for completion in early 2015.


The 64-bed care home will provide specialist dementia nursing care and respite breaks services. A distinctive feature unique to the Waypoints Upton home, opposite the landmark village clock tower, is the courtyard setting with new community facilities for Upton residents to enjoy – a Rowlands Pharmacy and a Costa Coffee.


All Waypoints homes are designed from the outset to meet the specific needs of people living with dementia and feature a social hub where residents can visit their own hairdressing salon, bistro restaurant and traditional sweet shop.


Managing Director Andrew Baxendine said: “Waypoints Upton will be different from our homes at Verwood and Plymouth with some of the facilities – the pharmacy, coffee shop and vegetable garden - being available for members of the wider community to use, as well as our residents and their families.


“Gardening and enjoyment of outdoor space has therapeutic benefits for our care home residents and we hope that local school children will be able to take part in activities with them in the vegetable garden.


“Collectively these features reflect our commitment to the integration of Waypoints residents within the Upton community to raise awareness and improve understanding of a health condition touching many lives.”


Dorset area franchise manager Mark Brown said; “We operate Costa Coffee stores throughout Dorset and they have become vibrant social hubs for local people of all generations. We aim to provide a great product and first class service in a relaxed friendly setting, and very much look forward to being part of Upton community life.”


Chairman of Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Council Cllr June Richards said: “It really is pleasing to see this once dilapidated central town eye sore being rejuvenated. I am really impressed with the thought that has gone into making this development work not only for the future care home residents, but also for the wider community.”


Waypoints Care Group has worked with the local town council to identify community benefits which can be achieved as part of the redevelopment. Benefits include public noticeboards, seating, a focal tree and lighting.

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