The opening of a new care home for older people will create 70 jobs in the area.

Cooper House, in Cooper Lane, Bradford, is the first time The Priory Group has opened a care home for older people in Yorkshire.

The purpose-built nursing home has beds for 80 residents who need nursing or dementia nursing care.

Care will be provided in single, en-suite accommodation and there will also be a choice of lounges and dining areas and a secure, enclosed landscaped garden.

The dementia unit will reflect the very latest research in dementia care, focusing on a person’s abilities. Dementia-signposting will assist with orientation and a reminiscence room is planned.

All residents will have access to carefully planned activities and a wide range of professionals including a hairdresser, chiropodist, optician and GP.

Sharon Butler, managing director of Priory Group Care Homes Division, said: “We are making significant investments in older people’s services over the next few years.

“Cooper House has been well received by healthcare professionals, particularly in light of the nursing and dementia nursing services it provides for the local community in Bradford.

“The experience the Priory Group has in mental health, complex and long-term care transfers very well into older people’s services.

“People are now living longer and have more complex needs and associated health issues that we have the experience to care for. We are building on our already strong and established areas of expertise and offering an even more comprehensive range of facilities for service-users.”

Philip Scott, chief executive of The Priory Group, said: “The ageing population in Yorkshire means there is increasingly a need for high-quality care homes.

“This has presented a perfect opportunity for The Priory to open its first facility in the county. The Priory Group now plans to rapidly increase its portfolio of care homes for older people with further new builds in England and Northern Ireland.”