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.