Wessex Care has announced the plans for unique and specialist Care Home Centres based within the site of the exiting Kimberly House on the corner of Tollgate Road and Fowler’s Hill, Salisbury. Work on the first Centre will start in April 2015 and the new ‘Kimberly House West” will be ready for a single, painless transfer of residents from the existing Home in early 2017. Work would then commence on the demolition and rebuilding of the original “Kimberly House” to the same exacting specifications.



The new Kimberly’s (West & East) will feature space that can be used by day patients and will have areas for occupational therapy sessions as well as health and rehabilitation, such as: –

Specialist health & rehabilitation rooms, a social club and an activity centre. Relatives and community support accommodation. Day care and meal delivery services.

All areas will also benefit from:-

Fire suppression system, fire evacuation lift & generator back up. Ergonomically designed to increase staff and resident contact time, specialist en-suite rooms with overhead built in hoists. Bariatric & couple care capability. 21st century telecare, telehealth and NHS system link capability. Full CCTV overt recording system, [electable for bedrooms]. Computerised smart, integrated care planning, communication and recording systems

Wessex Care Final Artists impression for web

This artists’ impression shows how the completed Kimberly Care Centres will look when both phases are finished


The subsequent roll out of the multi-million pound development programme is specifically designed to meet the needs of vulnerable adults and older people’s accommodation by providing central, residential, day and community service access to a range of rehabilitation and divergence support service for customers ranging from high-end nursing through to dementia, mental health and challenging behaviour in five state of the art care centres.

The programme will then move on to Little Manor, followed by Castle View and Holmwood in  before finishing with Milford Manor’s redevelopment planned to start in late 2018.

By the completion of the 5 year plan, the five Wessex Care residential, nursing and dementia care homes will have all developed into Care Centres effectively doubling the number of beds to 250 adding 150 additional employment opportunities in Salisbury as well as creating extensive additional revenue for the local economy from the groups spending power.


Directors Pauline & Matthew Airey said that their Care Centres “bucked the trend for multi-roomed ‘hotel / hospital style’ care homes’ as they are designed to hold no more than 30 residents allowing more quality nursing and care time to be spent by staff with the residents.” This was aided by the ‘central hub’ design concept (see floor plan above), which put duty staff at the centre of each floor, minimizing time taken to respond to patients needs.

All five of the Salisbury based homes would be totally remodelled by the end of 2019 creating compact, heart of the community Care Centres.

Wessex Care has partnered with Wiltshire Council & the NHS for over 12 years to provide high quality, effective services at an accessible cost to meet the financial challenges of the Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups for the benefit of Salisbury residents and look forward to providing that public service for many years to come.