More dementia homes as £15m centre opens
Work to create a further 71 homes for the borough’s ageing residents has started.
The first phase of Farrow Court, a new dementiafriendly sheltered housing scheme owned and run by Ashford Borough Council, is now complete and open.
Started in 2013, the build, off Stanhope Road, in Stanhope, now includes 33 new homes, an Age UK day centre, a large communal area, secure gardens, therapy rooms, a restaurant and an on-site hair salon.
The design of the building has paid attention to colour, visual signs and daylight, aided by the big windows.
A resident-run shop is also due to open shortly.
The £15.4 million scheme, which has a strong focus on being dementia-friendly, was opened last month when Ashford MP Damian Green, Mayor of Ashford Cll r Geraldine Dyer and Cllr Paul Clokie, portfolio holder for housing, cut the ribbon.
A council spokesman said: “It is the first fully dementiafriendly housing scheme in the borough.
“We are preparing for the needs of an ageing population.
“By 2026, it is anticipated that around 40% of residents in the Ashford borough will be aged over 50.
“Between 1998 and 2008, the number of people in the borough aged over 75 grew by 20%, significantly higher than across the South East.”
In a bid to better understand the particular issues involved in caring for and talking to people with dementia, the council organised a series of workshops for its staff in 2014.
Work has started on the second phase of Farrow Court.
Just like phase one, work will be carried out by construction company Bouygues UK, formally Denne, which has set up a skills centre on site.
Since 2013 it has supported five apprentices, helped 157 people through their training and qualifications and run workshops for children.
Phase two will include 71 more homes, including 12 learning disability units and eight recuperative care units.
Work on this phase is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
Time-lapse video footage of the build can be viewed on YouTube via www.ashford.gov. uk/developments-coming-soon
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Sheltered housing scheme Farrow Court, above, is now open after the ribbon was cut, right, last month