Hunt for funding progresses in Kingston dementia care home project

Kingston Borough council have taken another step towards securing funding for their new, 80-bed care facility for Dementia patients.

In a meeting held on Wednesday February 13, the council’s Children’s and Adults’ Care and Education Committee officially voted to recommend funding to complete the project.

The residential nursing home, which will be built on Surbiton’s Browns Road, is due for completion in late 2020, with the first residents set to enter the home in 2021.

Further meetings and formalities will now take place amongst local businesses and residents to secure planning approval, including a consultation later this month.

Following the developments, councillor Margaret Thompson, portfolio holder for adult social services said: “The new home shows this council’s commitment to making sure that high quality care is available in the borough for those who need it most.

“By investing in this way the council can ensure that Kingston residents will have priority access to the very best in dementia care”.

The £15m project was given a preliminary green-light by Kingston council in March 2018. Once complete, the 80-bed home will be available to residents who fund their own care in addition to those who receive support from the council.

With an estimated 1,500 residents suffering from Dementia in Kingston alone (predicted to double within ten years), the development of this project comes at an important time.

Moreover, 2016 council analysis showed that the demand for elderly residential care is increasing dramatically, with residents finding it more difficult to find support.

However, once complete, the Surbiton home will join a growing list of over 15,000 Dementia facilities in the country. Of this number, over 1,400 are situated in the London area.

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