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Left to right: Isla Culliford, Freda Stevens and Lady Sally Grylls

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Pioneering dementia care home opens near Poole

Waypoints is incredibly proud to have celebrated the official opening of its new £6.8 million care home in Upton, near Poole.

The opening of Waypoints Upton on Wednesday March 4 2015 was carried out by Lady Sally Grylls, the high profile campaigner on dementia issues nationally and champion of the charity Dementia UK and its Admiral Nurses service.


It is the third Waypoints home, following the success of the Waypoints homes at Verwood, in Dorset, and the in Plymouth, Devon.


The ceremony provided the opportunity not only to celebrate the completion of what is a wonderful new facility but also to thank a range of guests from the local community and partner organisations who have helped make the project happen. Musical entertainment by children and staff from the neighbouring Yarrell’s Preparatory School band helped make for a real party atmosphere.


Lady Grylls was helped by two special guests with a century spanning their ages - Waypoints’ oldest resident Freda Stevens (105), who lives at Waypoints Verwood, and representing Upton’s younger generation, five-year-old Isla Culliford, who attends Yarrell’s school.


Speaking as she unveiled a plaque, Lady Grylls said: “Waypoints Upton is a flagship facility of the sort that every community in Dorset needs and it is a great privilege to be asked to open this new home.


“People are living much longer now and more and more are finding that they and their families are affected by memory loss and more serious dementia so the importance of having somewhere safe to be cannot be understated.


“I also want to thank Waypoints for their support for Admiral Nurses and I hope more organisations will follow their lead in coming forward to host Admiral Nurses. It would be wonderful if one day Admiral Nurses are as widely known for their support for people living with dementia and their families as Macmillan Nurses are for helping people affected by cancer.”


The Upton project has transformed the derelict site of the former Greenridge public house to create a 65-bed care home which provides highly specialist dementia nursing care and respite breaks services.


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 enjoy complete freedom of movement the bistro or restaurant which serve food and drinks throughout the day or visit their own hairdressing salon, traditional sweet shop or even the in-house cinema complete with real cinema seats and popcorn machine.


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.


Andrew Baxendine, Waypoints Managing Director, said: “Our focus at Waypoints is on providing the highest quality of care in a safe, welcoming and comfortable home, designed specifically for residents with dementia.


“Our philosophy is based around giving people living with dementia freedom – which starts with the design and layout of our buildings and continues through our approach to providing care to residents based on their needs as individuals rather than focusing on their dementia.


“The opening of Waypoints Upton is a very exciting and proud day for us and we are pleased to have been able to work so closely with people in Upton to provide additional facilities which will benefit the whole community.”

When fully operational, Waypoints Upton will have about 80 staff, including, qualified nurses, lifestyle assistants a care home manager, head chef, catering staff and housekeepers.

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