Short-term care centre
Refurbishment work is now underway to create the first 'short-term care centre' for Plymouth, to help people to recover from illness and to stay well.
The City Council is working in partnership with Age UK Plymouth and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (Devon CCG) to refurbish the upper two floors of the William and Patricia Venton Centre, which is near to Mount Gould Hospital.
The short-term care centre will provide accommodation for patients to stay after they have been in hospital. This could be for up to six weeks, with support from therapists and assistive technology and opportunities to engage in social activities in the rest of the building. The aim is that when people leave the centre they are feeling much better, and ready to go home and live as independently as possible.
The centre will help with making sure people don't stay in hospital any longer than they need to and will also be accessible to wheelchair users.
The care centre will also offer support to older people who would otherwise be at risk of being admitted to hospital. This will also support the wider Plymouth health and social care system to reduce pressures on Derriford Hospital.
The building used to be a residential care home and the refurbishment works will update the 24 en-suite bedrooms and provide space for lounges and offices. Age UK Plymouth's day centre for adults will remain on the ground floor.
The Council is investing £823,410 capital funding into the refurbishment and will lease part of the building from Age UK Plymouth.