Plans to enhance and extend Rowcroft’s care are backed by local council

This week Torbay Council planners voted in support of the hospice’s plans to enhance and extend its care subject to finalising conditions.

At the heart of the hospice’s ambition to enhance and extend its care for local people is the remodelling of the Inpatient Unit, which will see the number of beds increase from 12 to 14.

What the plans entail

The plans are based on creating an environment that reflects a family home, while giving patients and their families even greater independence, privacy and choice during those precious moments together. This includes single rooms with en-suite facilities that can incorporate the very latest specialist equipment, family accommodation and a café.

Supporting the local ageing population

The development of the hospice site also includes plans to support the ageing population of Torbay. A 60-bed, purpose-built specialist dementia and complex nursing home will enable Rowcroft to meet the wider care needs of the community, as well as provide a valuable income stream to support the hospice’s future care. Plans have been developed that will allow residents to live in a caring, nurturing and vibrant home that supports as much independence, mobility and inclusion as possible.

Elderly living accommodation

The final part of the project is the development of elderly living accommodation and community facilities such as allotments, a village hall and a nursery. Creating opportunities for recreational activities and providing intergenerational connections are at the forefront of the plans.

Mark Hawkins, Rowcroft Hospice CEO, said: 

“We are incredibly proud to care for our community and want to ensure that specialist, quality end-of-life care is available to everyone who needs us, irrespective of diagnosis, circumstance or background.

“We have spent time listening to the opinions of our community to ensure our care evolves in a way that will best support everyone who needs us in the future and we feel confident that these plans deliver on this. It is wonderful to have the backing of the Torbay Council planning committee and we look forward to delivering on our plans over the next ten years.”

How to find out more

More information about the plans and a set of frequently asked questions, can be found on the Rowcroft Care project website.


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