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New Homes to Help Those Living with Dementia

New Homes to Help Those Living with Dementia
Peggy Bain
  • On February 1, 2018
  • http://www.brightonjournal.co.uk

A new council housing scheme in Brighton’s centre will provide support for people with dementia, to help them continue to live independently. The Brooke Mead Extra Care will be located in Albion Street, and will provide 45 self-contained rented flats. The on-site care for the facility will be provided by Agincare, and will be designed for those living with low to moderate dementia, who require a little more care and support. Carers will be provided on site at all hours of the day in case they’re needed; the houses will also have a communal lounge, garden and a few activity rooms. The flats include wheelchair accessible properties.

This is the first ever extra care scheme to be designed and managed by Brighton & Hove City Council, and they are working with a range of organisations to ensure the scheme develops a diverse and vibrant community.  The scheme is intended to prevent delays for people who might need expensive residential care, whilst the city has a ever increasing elderly population. The Brooke Mead Extra Care Scheme is part of the council’s New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme, aiming to build 500 new rented homes on council land. The first tenants are moving in now.

Councillor Anne Meadows, chair of the council’s Housing & New Homes Committee, said: “Brooke Mead is the first extra care scheme of its kind in the city with a real focus on dementia and it is great to see it complete and ready for residents.

“It’s not a care home, so it won’t necessarily be the right place for everyone living with dementia, but it will provide more support than the council’s other seniors housing schemes. It will also be suitable for people who need extra care and support for other reasons, not just those with dementia.

“Residents will have their own home and their own furniture and possessions around them, but also the reassurance of knowing there is extra help on hand 24/7 if they need it.”

The council added: “People who think the flats may be suitable for them or a relative can visit the Brooke Mead scheme by appointment.

“The scheme manager will be available to answer any questions and offer a tour of the building and its facilities.

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“All applications will be subject to the council’s allocations policy and approval by the council’s adult social care team to ensure the scheme meets the needs of the resident.

“While priority will be given to council tenants and eligible applicants on the housing register, people living in private accommodation in Brighton and Hove can also apply.

People who think the flats may be suitable for them or their relatives can book an appointment to visit the Brooke Mead scheme. The scheme manager will be available to answer any questions and offer a tour of the building and its facilities.  All applications will be subject to the council’s Allocations Policy and approval by the council’s adult social care team to ensure the scheme meets the needs of the resident. While priority will be given to council tenants and eligible applicants on the housing register, people living in private accommodation in Brighton & Hove can also apply.

For more details on how to apply, contact the Housing Customer Services team on 01273 293030 or email housingcustomerservices@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

You can find more information about the scheme at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/Brooke-Mead.

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