The Chestnuts Nursing & Dementia Care Home, Wanstead, Closure & Redevelopment
Five years on from taking over The Chestnuts Nursing & Dementia Care Home in Wanstead, at which time the care home was threatened with closure, we have been able to agree a way forward with the planning authority to redevelop the Care Home into a modern purpose built care facility.
Currently, the Chestnuts is a building that was converted into a care home and over the years was extended at the rear in a piecemeal manner. The home has a complex layout with various internal level changes making it near impossible for its residents to navigate and mobilise independently so affecting their quality of life. In addition, with the increase in complexity of care needs of residents, the Home, due to its structure, has increasingly faced issues in not being able to admit certain client groups.
The redevelopment will be sympathetic to the existing building by retaining the front façade and has been designed to provide a state of the art care facility that would be fully accessible and provide a number of tried and tested specialist care design features with large bedrooms, en-suite wet-rooms and various amenity spaces including a secure outdoor courtyard and an internal circular pathway that specifically meet the increasingly complex needs of the elderly community, none of which the existing home could seek to offer.
We are delighted that we have been able to work constructively with the planning authority and we look forward to bringing a high quality purpose built care facility to Wanstead to support the elderly community.
It is the end of an era for the existing Chestnuts and it is with sadness that we have commenced closing down the care home ahead of the redevelopment. We are working closely with Redbridge Council and families to support our residents to find suitable new homes and to ensure the transition will be as smooth and stress free as possible. We have a wonderful staff team who will continue to care for and support our residents until our last client leaves for their new home.