Residents enjoy official opening of Kent extra care scheme
Residents have celebrated the official opening of a £9million affordable extra care housing scheme for older people in Ashford.
Residents and staff at Chamberlain Manor were joined by representatives from the local authorities as they celebrated the official opening.
The extra care scheme, on Simone Weil Avenue, is comprised of 67 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments with support and care services on site and communal facilities including a restaurant, salon and wellbeing suite.
The development was built by Pentland Homes on behalf of Housing & Care 21 at a cost of £8.7m in partnership with Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council. It received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £2.1m. The homes will be available at affordable rent and shared ownership.
Kris Peach, director of extra care, said: “We’re delighted to officially open this extra care development Ashford. Extra care apartments allow older people to maintain their independence, socialise with others and be part of a community as well as have access to flexible care facilities on site should they need them.
“Chamberlain Manor brings a mix of accommodation for elderly people to the area and continues the excellent partnership we have with Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council to provide much-needed affordable housing."
Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Extra care housing schemes like Chamberlain Manor are designed to support people to be active, social and part of the community, which we know can have a really positive impact on quality of life. These housing schemes are a fantastic way of providing quality care while allowing people to retain their dignity and independence.”
Cllr Paul Clokie, Ashford Borough Council’s portfolio holder for housing and home ownership, said: “The facility at Chamberlain Manor perfectly complements our own dementia-friendly sheltered housing scheme at Farrow Court. Our nomination rights here mean that those residents on our waiting list who are in need of the additional care are able to benefit from this superior supported accommodation but retain their independence with their own front door. They will also join a very active community.”
Chamberlain Manor has been designed to meet the needs of all older people with each flat designed to full mobility standard. All homes have level access showers and access from the bedroom directly to the bathroom.
The extra care scheme is the fourth to have been launched by Housing & Care 21 in partnership with Kent County Council after Joseph Hadlum Court, Tovil Green Court and Thomas Place in Maidstone. A fifth extra care scheme, Quarry House in Aldington, is set to be completed in June.