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Black Country care home plan to create 50 new jobs

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A residential care home in the Black Country could create up to 50 new jobs, under new plans.

Sandwell Community Caring Trust already has permission to build a 62-bed home off Harvest Road in Rowley Regis.

But due to lack of other providers in the area they are seeking to amend the proposals to accommodate 81 adults.

Bosses at the charity say the scheme will give priority to older people living in the area with dementia.

The home will have a total of around 80 staff members with 30 moving from the charity's care home in Grafton road, Oldbury, which is being replaced.

The site, at the junction of Dudhill Road, is currently unused but was previously occupied by Knowle House old people's home, which has since been demolished.

The proposals for the two-storey building also include a secure central courtyard, gated entrances and parking for staff and visitors.

Sandwell Councillor Susan Eaves welcomed the application.

She said: "To my knowledge we haven't got any other provision in the area so it is really needed.

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"When Knowle House, which used to be on the site, closed down, all the residents had to go elsewhere.

"This should really help the area."

Sandwell Community Caring Trust was formed in 2007 to provide services across the Black Country and currently supports more than 600 clients across a range of properties.

This includes support for adults living with physical and learning disabilities, residential care and day care for older people and respite care for physically disabled adults.

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The charity said each resident will be given their own care plan, a named health worker to keep in close contact, regular reviews and regular information for relatives.

Geoff Walker, Chief Executive of Sandwell Community Caring trust, said: "This project will bring huge benefits to the local community down in the south of Sandwell, providing a variety of services for older people close to their families and other social connections.

"In addition we will be recruiting local people so it will be benefitting the economy in this part of the borough."

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