A CHARITY is preparing to open a flagship care home which will create 100 jobs.

Haviland House Worthing will provide specialist care and support for people with all stages of dementia when it opens in January.

The centre is run by Worthing-based Guild Care, which provides support for the elderly in the town.

The charity needs to recruit for a variety of positions, including registered nurses, care assistants, administrative roles and managerial posts, providing a welcome jobs boost to the area.

Karen Lisher, one of the charity’s most experienced home managers, has been appointed to run the £7.5 million home.

She said: “Supporting people with dementia is an exceptionally rewarding career.

“I am incredibly pleased to have been offered this wonderful opportunity and I am very passionate about making this home a special place for residents with dementia.

“Our recruitment is all about people with the right approach and values who, given the training and experience in this field, will be able to make a real difference to the care of our residents and their families.”

Haviland House will look after up to 60 residents and will feature distinctive reminiscence rooms and a large secure garden, with sensory and themed areas to help people connect with the past.

Guild Care has worked closely with Bournemouth University Dementia Institute to develop a special environment that will ensure individuals living in the home achieve their full potential.

The charity has been established in Worthing for more than 80 years and currently employs more than 600 people in Sussex.

Deputy chief executive Debbie Dollner said: “Our new home will be equipped with all the very latest and best facilities to support people with dementia.

“We are confident that Karen’s experience and compassionate nature make her the right choice for Haviland House.”