Building work begins for pioneering care project in Eastwood

Dementia friendly housing is to be built on land at Linwood Cresent, Eastwood
Dementia friendly housing is to be built on land at Linwood Cresent, Eastwood

Work has begun on a pioneering scheme to build specially adapted bungalows for Broxtowe residents suffering with dementia.

The scheme, which is the first of its kind in Nottinghamshire, will offer two two-bedroom bungalows which include a room for carers to help support the needs of individual tenants.

There will also be an additional older person one bedroom bungalow on the site at Linwood Crescent in Eastwood.

Broxtowe Borough Council have been working closely with Nottingham Community Housing Association’s (NCHA) development team and in-house architects, Pelham Architects to ensure that the homes are dementia-friendly.

This means carefully considering textures and patterns, as people with dementia can struggle with depth perception and patterns can cause confusion.

Colour is also an important issue so the architects have ensured that there is lots of light in the home but that things like doors, light fittings and toilet seats are dark enough stand out and easy to distinguish.

Each room in the dementia-friendly bungalows will be a different pastel colour so they easily identifiable to the resident, even if they are confused or disorientated.

Cllr Milan Radulovic, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “The Council is incredibly proud to be leading on this type of specialist accommodation, which will provide a flexible, adaptable living environment for those with dementia to help them to remain in their local community.

“People aren’t always aware of the little things that can make a big difference to help those with dementia feel more comfortable and a great deal of research has gone in to this project to ensure they can live well, whilst retaining the familiarity and local support that is required.”

NCHA’s Assistant Director Allan Fisher added that he hopes that the careful design of these houses will create a big difference to the people that live in them.

The homes are due for completion in Spring 2015.

For more information, please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3548, email housing@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dementia.