Dementia bungalows open

The opening event
The opening event

The keys have officially been handed over at a pioneering housing scheme in Eastwood, to help people living with dementia to remain in the local community.

The bungalows, in Linwood Cresent, were built in a project involving Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottingham Community Housing Association, Waters Homes and Pelham Architects.

The dementia-friendly bungalows were opened by Broxtowe mayor Councillor Susan Bagshaw, who was joined representatives from each organisation to celebrate the completion of the scheme, which is the first of its kind in Nottinghamshire.

Portfolio holder for housing, Councillor Eric Kerry said: “So many of us and our families are affected by dementia and the council is committed to helping Broxtowe residents remain in their local community by providing an adaptable living environment.

“It is often the small things that can make a big difference and we are incredibly proud to be leading on this type of specialist accommodation to ensure that those with dementia feel more comfortable and can live well, whilst retaining the familiarity and local support that is required.”

The development offers two, two-bedroom bungalows, including a room for carers to help support the needs of individual tenants, together with an additional older person one bedroom bungalow.

The partnership has ensured that the new homes are dementia friendly, including considering textures and patterns, as people with dementia can struggle with depth perception and patterns can cause confusion.

Colour is also an important issue, to ensure that there is lots of light in the home but things like doors, light fittings and toilet seats are dark enough to stand out and easy to distinguish, a council spokesman said.

Proposals to develop an additional four new dementia-friendly bungalows, as well as two new retirement living properties were recently approved by the council’s cabinet as part of improvement works at Bexhill Court, Beeston with a planning application recently submitted and subject to receiving approval, work expected to start later this year. For more information, contact the council on 0115 917 3443.