Ostley House Dementia Village

THE UK’s first sight loss dementia village, complete with cinema, virtual bus and pub, has officially opened its doors to the public.

Ostley House, which is run by the Barrow & Districts Society for the Blind, has finished its £400,000 expansion plan after five years of planning.

The specially designed village provides patients with the dual diagnosis of sight loss and dementia specialist care in a modern setting which caters for their individual needs.

Plans to extend the facility, which will be called Bradbury Village in honour of its main benefactor the Bradbury Foundation, into a dual-purpose care home have been in fruition since 2014.

Construction officially began in March 2019 following years of discussions and fundraising.

The dementia village consists of a dining room area, cafe, cinema room, virtual bus ride and shop.

Helen Silver, manager of Ostley House, described the expansion as ‘exceeding all their expectations’.

She said: “Our aim was to make Ostley House into a community rather than a care home which I think we have achieved.

ref: NWE Mail: https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/18105910.uks-first-ever-sight-loss-dementia-village-opens-doors-public/

Bradbury Village July Update

In November this year our Bradbury Village will open and start to be used by people with sight loss and/or dementia. And we are really excited about this.

Within the design there will be a shop, cinema, bus stop, bar, café bar, sensory room, activity room and an external court yard. The corridors will also be decorated to give the appearance of a number of streets.

To enable our residents to visit each of these and get stimulus from them, we are looking for volunteers who can spend some time exploring the various parts of our Village.

If you are interested please get in touch with Elaine Rollinson on 01229 440556.