AN ABANDONED care home could be bulldozed and replaced by new facilities – creating dozens of jobs in the process.
The 39-bed Scissett Mount care home on Busker Lane has been empty since it was deemed unviable in 2007.
The property does not have en-suite bathrooms, a must for modern care requirements, and has limited recreational facilities.
The building, next to Nortonthorpe School, has also been deemed unfit for adaptation or refurbishment.
Now, Meltham based RTD Care Ltd has applied to Kirklees Council to redevelop the plot into a new care complex.
It hopes to build a 44-bedroom complex needs dementia home and 12 close care apartments.
Tracey Burgin, director at RTD Care, said their plan had been 18 months in the making and said up to 40 care jobs could be created along with a host of administration and maintenance roles.
She said the close care apartments would allow people to buy their own home and benefit from the 24 hour care facilities.
She added: “Somebody who has dementia may feel they need to live in a more supportive environment. But they often have to sell their property. This will provide, as far as is possible, some kind of normal living.”
The facility will be home to older people who have an ‘organic’ brain disorder such as dementia and older people with functional’ disorders, such as depression.
But it will also house those with more serious issues such as schizophrenia and other psychosis.
RTD Care says the complex will be designed to be a “non-clinical” environment which will incorporate the latest advice and research about dementia care into its layout.
Key elements will include buildings and corridors designed to reduce wandering due to disorientation or confusion.
There will be increased exposure to sunlight with each wing set to have at least three recreational areas, with none of the residents’ rooms facing north.
Access to safe and secure external garden areas will be provided which will be designed to control and reflect the levels of stimulation different types of mental disorder can tolerate.
Private bedroom and bathroom facilities will be designed to reflect different needs of both male and female patients.
The plans indicate the buildings would be set back from the main road and would be no more than two-and-a-half storeys high with pitched roofs.
RTD Care says the majority of the building will be masked from view and say that it will be a quiet, respectful development, appropriate for the area.