A £9 MILLION care homes complex with more than 60 apartments has been officially opened.
Housing and Regeneration Minister Carl Sargeant cut the ribbon on the new facilities at the Llys Jasmine care home in Mold.
The scheme, part-funded by a £6.07m Social Housing Grant from the Welsh Government, has been developed by Wales and West Housing (WWH) in partnership with Flintshire Council and includes 15 purpose-built apartments for people with dementia.
Created to enable elderly and disabled people to lead full and independent lives, Llys Jasmine is believed to be one of the first of its kind in Wales to include such purpose-built apartments.
Speaking during yesterday’s opening Mr Sargeant, AM for neighbouring Alyn and Deeside, said: “I visited the site last summer when it was still under construction and it was absolutely fantastic to return to see the finished result.
“Llys Jasmine is full of happy, smiling faces and comfortable residents, which is really great to see.
“It means a great deal for me to be able to visit a site in my own home county which is benefitting directly from Welsh Government housing policy.
“A huge amount of hard work has been put into the planning, design and construction of this groundbreaking site, which offers first-class dementia care and allows people to continue living independent, full lives.”
The £9.8m development comprises a 61 apartment complex featuring 33 one bedroom, 28 two bedroom apartments, with 15 specially designed for people with dementia, plus an additional two, two-bedroom bungalows.
For people who meet the eligibility criteria, the apartments are available for rent or to buy.
Care staff are available around the clock to deliver care in emergencies or in response to individual care plans.
Other key features at the Jasmine Crescent homes include a restaurant, lounges and a hairdressers.
After working to deliver the project, Anwyl Construction was recently announced as the overall North Wales winner for Best Social Housing Development in the 2014 Local Authority Building Control Awards.
The opening ceremony included the burying of a time capsule containing the thoughts, including a poem by resident Ella Hardy, and the artwork of fellow residents about the care home and the area in which they live, as well as a copy of the Leader newspaper.
WWH chairman Kathy Smart said: “Our purpose is strong sustainable growth to make a difference to lives, homes and communities and I believe Llys Jasmine is an excellent demonstration of how we put this purpose into practice.”