New housing in Dartford
The transformation of care for older and disabled people took a giant step last week with the opening of two new Housing 21 housing schemes in Wilmington, Dartford.
Emily Court and Adam Court were officially opened by Graham Gibbens, cabinet member for adult social services with Kent County Council during a special ceremony on 2nd September.
Both schemes, which have been built on the site of the former Stanley Morgan House residential care home, have been developed under the 'Better Homes Active Lives' partnership' to allow older people and adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to live independently in accessible rental accommodation.
Mr Gibbens was joined in the unveiling of plaques by representatives of Housing 21, Kent County Council, Dartford Borough Council. Sevenoaks District Council and United House Limited.
Emily Court is the first of seven extra care schemes which are being built across Kent. It will provide 40 self contained apartments for older people with support on hand should they need it. Nearby Adam Court will provide nine apartments for people with learning disabilities. The schemes have been built by United House Limited.
In addition to the well-equipped, high specification apartments, Emily Court has a number of facilities available for use by the residents and the local community, including a restaurant and bar, shop, internet and activity area, hairdressing salon, gym and guest room.