New Tonbridge care Home opens doors to new residents


Leon welcomes first resident DoreenThe Abbeyfield Kent Society’s new residential home for older people officially opened last week, welcoming its first residents on 15th August.


After 18 months of construction, Barnes Lodge was officially declared open this week, as the first of the new residents made their way across to their new home from the Society’s former care home next door, Woodgate.


Comprising 101 spacious en suite bedrooms over three storeys, Barnes Lodge will provide care and companionship for people with a variety of care needs, including frailty, dementia and end of life care, as well as short term care.


The Society drew upon its 49 years of experience of caring for older people when designing the home and has considered people living with dementia throughout. Residents can enjoy an afternoon in the hair and therapy salon or get stuck into a good book in the library and when relatives stop by, they can catch up over a fresh cup of coffee in the coffee shop.


One of the first residents to move in, Marie Clarke commented: “It’s absolutely lovely here, beautiful, I could definitely get used to this!”


Leon Steer, Chief Executive of the Society commented: “We are delighted that Barnes Lodge is now officially open and providing state of the art care, compassion and companionship for the older people of the community. The idea for Barnes Lodge was in the pipeline for a long time before we started on site in 2015 and there were many ups and downs, so it is a huge achievement that we are now open for business and welcoming our first residents.


“Tonbridge, like all communities, will be experiencing a sizable increase in the number of older people needing care in the years ahead, and so it is our hope that we can continue to support these people in need for many years to come.”


Barnes Lodge is part of a development that will see an extra care housing scheme constructed next door (in place of the former residential home, Woodgate) the scheme is due for completion in 2018.


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