PROVIDING EXTRA CARE HOMES FOR OLDER PEOPLE AND THOSE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITY
This housing block is the first extra care scheme to be built by Brighton and Hove Council, and is designed to promote independent living for those with mild to moderate dementia and others who need a little more care. With a growing number of older people in the city and pressure on adult social care budgets, the scheme will help prevent or delay people needing more expensive residential care.
The 45 apartment, five storey mansion block has shared spaces at ground floor level, including a planted garden, communal lounge and activity rooms and carers are on-site around the clock if needed. Well-lit circulation leads to the accommodation above. Looped circulation adds to the conviviality of the block, encouraging connection between residents. Each one and two-bedroom flat has views out to the street, and onto the courtyard garden.
Brooke Mead is the first extra care scheme of its kind in the city with a real focus on dementia ... residents have their own home and their own furniture and possessions around them but also the reassurance of knowing there is extra help on hand 24/7 if they need it.
Councillor Anne Meadows, Brighton and Hove City Council
FOR THE FUTURE
Dementia friendly design has been used throughout to aid those with sensory, mobility or cognitive impairments, to provide independent and secure living for people who are likely to become more vulnerable in time. The proximity to the life of the city enables residents to be involved with city centre community groups and activities and continue to contribute to and enjoy the vibrancy of city life around them.