Health bosses say the UK’s first dementia village – based in Dover – is due to open in December. Harmonia Village makes use of six derelict houses in Randolph Road to support up to 36 people with nursing care.
Dr Phil Brighton, Clinical Lead for Dementia at East Kent Hospitals NHS University Foundation Trust, said the aim is “to create a home from home” in “a more intimate environment”. The £3.5 million facility contains six houses each holding five residents, as well as a shop, a cinema, a pub, hairdressers, and a community centre offering an extra six “flexible” beds which can be filled from referrals. Dr Brighton showed me around the site ahead of its opening.
People should be able to grow old with dignity. That means delivering not just first-class care but also independence wherever possible. This kind of facility could pioneer how we do things, so it’s fantastic that it’s all starting in Dover. With our two safeguarded hospitals and our first medical school opening next year, it’s also another sign our area is finally getting the healthcare investment it deserves.