Extracare housing to replace care home
Not for profit care and housing provider The Abbeyfield Kent Society is to close The Dynes residential care home in Kemsing, with plans to redevelop the property as extracare housing.
Citing undersized rooms, the need for modernisation and viability, the society has given residents and staff six months’ notice of the planned March 2018 closure and says both residents and staff will be fully supported ahead of, and during, their move, either to another Abbeyfield Kent care home, or elsewhere.
Director of operations Katrina Levett said The Dynes was no longer longer financially viable.
“It has undersized rooms that do not meet the standards required for the 21st Century, particularly the lack of ensuite bathrooms,” said Ms Levett.
“In addition to this, we have struggled with recruitment for several years, due to the home’s rural location.
“The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our first and foremost priority. We will be working closely with our residents and their families to ensure their move is undertaken sensitively and as comfortable as possible with all the support they need.”
The society has submitted plans to Sevenoaks District Council to build 51 extracare apartments for over 55s on the site currently occupied by The Dynes. Extracare housing is designed to provide varying levels of care and support to older people, whilst enabling them to live independently in their own home. Kent County Council’s 2014 accommodation strategy detailed a need for an additional 2,542 extracare apartments across the county, 1/3 of which would be a direct replacement to residential care.
Acting on this, the society has 184 extracare apartments now under construction in Kent. “These new developments ensure our properties are futureproofed and enable us to continue to provide high quality accommodation and care for older people in the south east,” said Ms Levett.