Broxtowe – Building a Dementia Friendly Community

Work is beginning on a pioneering scheme to build specially adapted bungalows for people with dementia in Broxtowe Borough later this month.

The scheme, which is the first of its kind in Nottinghamshire, will offer two x 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 Council have been working closely with Nottingham Community Housing Association’s Development team and in-house architects, Pelham Architects. 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 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.

Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE 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.”

Allan Fisher, NCHA’s Assistant Director of Development and New Business, explains the importance of partnership working: “We’re proud to continue our successful housing partnership with Broxtowe Borough Council. The expertise that has come together to design, develop and build these new homes will create a big difference to the people that live in them.”

The homes are due for completion in Spring 2015.

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