12m care home is step nearer

HANDY: Ian Paul and Jonathan Engler leave their handprints in cement

THE latest milestone in the development of 12 million Didsbury care village Belong Morris Feinmann was celebrated on Wednesday.

For a ceremonial unveiling of the foundation stone and the creation of Hollywood-style hands-in-cement commemorative slabs took place.

They feature the handprints and signatures of Morris Feinmann trustees Jonathon Engler and Ian Paul.

The village, which is on course to open in summer next year, will offer 24-hour support, including specialist nursing and dementia care to older people in Manchester's Jewish community, thanks to a partnership between specialist care operator Belong and the Morris Feinmann Homes Trust.

The trust's chairman, Alan Wilkins, said: "I am confident that the new village will build on all of our traditions to create a new beacon of care and will be a fantastic asset to the Jewish community in south Manchester."

The care village will be the sixth Belong village in the North-West and will comprise six households, each catering for 12 residents in their own en-suite facilities.

There will be a private lounge, dining room and kosher kitchen in every household, as well as 13 new one- and two-bedroomed apartments for rent or purchase.

A range of community areas will be available throughout the village, including a kosher bistro, synagogue, function rooms, hair salon, exercise studio, computer room, treatment spa and a library, which will also be accessible to members of the local community.

Belong chief executive Nick Dykes said: "The ceremony was a wonderful opportunity for us all to see the Belong Morris Feinmann village starting to take shape, after many months of planning."

The village's one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments will be released for sale later this month.

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