A RUNCORN care home on the brink of closure has been transformed into a model for specialist dementia care.

Two years ago, the future of St Luke’s in Palacefields was in jeopardy with falling numbers of residents and urgently needing modernisation.

It has now been hailed as ‘the vanguard of best practice in dementia care’ in the Journal of Dementia Care.

After a £250,000 refurbishment, residents can now relax in their own pub, cinema and indoor gardens.

A seaside area and 1950s kitchen have been created to stimulate nostalgia, happy memories and conversation.

Trained support staff work alongside clinical specialists from the NHS every day to support 60 residents with dementia.

Home manager Sue Ashcroft said: “For two years we have been working hard to transform St Luke’s into a genuine centre of excellence for dementia care.

“My team is always focussed on promoting the dignity, independence and wellbeing of residents.

“By working closely with clinical professionals, they have been able to make an even greater difference.

“This new refurbishment will transform our home, making it into a more fun and comfortable place to life.

“I am excited for our residents to enjoy it.”

Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) secured a £100,000 grant and £150,000 was invested by the charity, Community Integrated Care (CIC)

Cath Murray-Howard, deputy chief executive of CIC, said: “We have been able to create an innovative approach that ensures that people receive all the support they need in a comfortable and caring home, rather than the unfamiliar surroundings of hospitals.

“This has not only changed the lives of residents but made a significant impact on the community.”

Dave Sweeney, director of transformation for Halton CCG and Halton Council said their integrated approach working as one team has pooled £42 million into health and social care.

He said: “Dementia is a very complex condition and an area where we need compassion, quality and consistent care.”