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Home's £5million revamp

PUBLISHED: 13:07 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:33 23 August 2010

CONSTRUCTION of a large care home for the elderly has started. The 56-apartment block on Ifield Way will provide Extra Care, specifically designed for the elderly and dependents, will be the first of its kind in Gravesend. Abbeyfield Kent Society, a reg

CONSTRUCTION of a large care home for the elderly has started.

The 56-apartment block on Ifield Way will provide Extra Care, specifically designed for the elderly and dependents, will be the first of its kind in Gravesend.

Abbeyfield Kent Society, a registered charity will run the £8.3 million home, which will include 42 one bedroom flats and 14 two bedroom units.

Building work began on Monday, made possible by a £5 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, and it is hoped that the scheme will be complete by May 2011

Akin Durowoju, head of area at the HCA, said: "I am proud that the HCA is able to support The Abbeyfield Kent Society as they begin work on the first Extra Care home in Gravesham.

"It is vital that we continue to provide opportunities for vulnerable older people to live in affordable and sustainable homes that meet their particular needs, foster self-determination and support a good quality of life."

The scheme also received private sponsorship from group Triodos Bank.

Extra Care will provide residents with the independence of living in their own apartment with the added benefit of 24/7 care, companionship and support.

Leon Steer, Abbeyfield Kent Society's chief executive said: "I'm delighted the apartments will provide a safe and secure environment. We will also work very hard to ensure that the scheme is integrated and actively involved with the local community.

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