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Work begins on care facility

by James Renoux-Wood Wed 25 March 2015, 11:09 am

Work has begun to build the Park Lodge House residential scheme for older people in Hounslow.

Councillor Lily Bath (centre), cabinet member for adult social care and health, planted the first tree in the communal garden

The care facility includes 36 homes and a communal garden, which features an activity room, greenhouse, pergola and communal spaces. Residents will be able to move into the properties in the summer.

Homes are classified as “extra care”, which is for people whose disabilities or frailty make ordinary housing unsuitable but who do not need or want to move to nursing homes. The garden is fully enclosed so that people with dementia can walk safely. 

David Woods, director of development at Octavia Housing, the company which delivered the project, said: “The scheme will create a community where residents can live independently with 24-hour support and have the use of excellent communal facilities, which includes the specially designed landscaped garden.” 

The housing project was developed by Willmott Dixon and designed by PRP Architects.

Councillor Lily Bath, cabinet member for adult social care and health, planted the first tree in the communal garden this month.

She said: “It’s such a welcoming inviting outdoor space for residents, and will encourage them to exercise daily – which is really important for overall wellbeing.

“Extra care housing is an important part of Hounslow Council’s strategy to prevent people needing residential and nursing care or a hospital when it is not absolutely necessary. Moving into extra care schemes at the right time prevents vulnerable residents’ needs increasing to a level where they are unable continue living independently.”

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