Our sheltered housing scheme at Farrow Court is currently undergoing a £15.4million makeover so that every aspect of the scheme is designed in a dementia-friendly way.
Phase one of Farrow Court is complete, with the existing residents already enjoying their new, larger, more energy efficient accommodation. They were heavily involved in the design process, including choosing colours for their own apartments.
Phase two building work is now underway and should be complete by summer 2017 providing another 71 apartments.
We also worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of dementia among its frontline officers. Training is organised internally for staff to learn about the particular issues involved in talking to people with dementia.
Dementia champion volunteers and a member of Kent County Council’s (KCC) Social Care team provided short, one-hour sessions, giving staff information about how to become a dementia friend. Over 250 staff members signed up to receive the presentations and became dementia friends.
We have also signed up to the Ashford (Kent) Dementia Action Alliance (DAA).
Although it is anticipated that by 2026 40% of residents in the borough will be aged over 50, the most startling point about dementia is that it can affect people who are considerably younger, even in their thirties.
If dementia is something that affects you or your family there is a 24-hour Kent Dementia Helpline number that you can call. It provides information and support for people with dementia and their carers.
The number is 0800 500 3014.