The Abbeyfield Kent Society, a not for profit care provider and housing association, will be closing The Dynes Residential Care Home in Nightingale Road, Kemsing, with plans to redevelop the property as extra care housing.
Citing undersized rooms, the need for modernisation and viability as issues within the home, the Society has made a decision to close The Dynes, giving residents and staff six months’ notice of the planned March 2018 closure and will fully support both residents and staff ahead of, and during, their move, either to another Abbeyfield Kent care home, or elsewhere.
Katrina Levett, Director of Operations at The Abbeyfield Kent Society commented: “It is with great sadness that we announce the planned closure of The Dynes. Sadly, the home is no longer financially viable and it has undersized rooms that do not meet the standards required for the 21st Century, particularly the lack of ensuite bathrooms. 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 responded to challenges within the care sector and submitted plans to Sevenoaks District Council to build 51 extra care apartments for over 55s on the site currently occupied by The Dynes
Extra care 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 extra care apartments across the county, 1/3 of which will be a direct replacement to residential care. Acting on this, the Society has 184 extra care apartments now under construction within 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.