As work continues on site at Tudeley Lane in Tonbridge, Kent based charity and housing association, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has unveiled the name of the future 101-bed care home and released new computer-generated images.
The new care home has been named Barnes Lodge in honour of the Society’s former Chairman and recipient of the Royal Patron Award, Robert Barnes. For over 14 years, Bobby helped shape the organisation and played a pivotal role in making The Abbeyfield Kent Society the biggest independent Abbeyfields in the world.
Work commenced on Barnes Lodge in February 2015, which will be part of the combined £18.3m scheme comprising of the care home and The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s proposed new extra care scheme. Barnes Lodge is being constructed on a new site adjacent to the Society’s existing residential home in Tonbridge, Woodgate, with the walls currently constructed up to first floor level. Upon completion, residents of Woodgate will move across to Barnes Lodge and the existing care home will be demolished to make way for the extra care scheme.
This is a substantial complex that will offer multiple types of accommodation and care. The care home will boast spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite wet rooms, as well as several large dining and living areas and improved assisted bathing and WC facilities.
The extra care scheme will comprise 59 one and two bedroom apartments, providing residents with the independence of living in their own apartment with the added benefit of 24/7 care, companionship and support. Caring Companions, the Society’s domiciliary care team will be onsite to provide tailored care packages to suit residents’ individual needs.
Bobby Barnes, Trustee for The Abbeyfield Kent Society said: “I am honoured that the home is to be named after me, I’m more than happy to give my name to it and I’m sure it’ll be a success.
“It’s a wonderful occasion that we’ve reached the stage of being on site after so many years of planning. The development will provide a fantastic and much needed care facility to the older people of the community as well as providing a huge number of employment opportunities.”
Leon Steer, Chief Executive of the Society said: “We are delighted to be providing the community of Tonbridge with this much-needed development. Both the care home and extra care scheme will be a huge support to the older people of the area and their families, for many years to come, allowing those in need of care to remain in their local area as well as tackling the issue of loneliness amongst older people.”
Barnes Lodge is due for completion in July 2016.