Plans for new dementia nursing home gather pace

Dementia Care Home

Plans by Kingston Council to build a new 80 bed dementia home in Browns Road, Surbiton are gathering pace.

A decision was made at Children’s and Adults’ Care and Education Committee (13 February) to recommend funding to complete the project.

Subject to further consultation and planning approval, the residential nursing home will be completed in late 2020 with the first residents entering the home in 2021.

Councillor Margaret Thompson, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Services said:

“The new home shows this council’s commitment to making sure that high quality care is available in the borough for those who need it most. By investing in this way the council can ensure that Kingston residents will have priority access to the very best in dementia care’.

Meetings and conversations are now taking place with local residents and businesses around the site for the home ahead of the formal planning consultation in late February.

Kingston Council gave the green light in March 2018 for the new £15m nursing home to be built. Once built, the 80 bed home will be run by a council owned independent operating company. Beds in the home will be available for Kingston residents who fund their own care as well as people whose care is paid for by the council.

With an ageing population and increased demands for health and social care services, the financial cost of meeting the needs of people with dementia in Kingston is increasing. Council analysis in 2016 showed that there is an increased demand for older people's residential and nursing care - with less availability of care homes making it more difficult and costly to find dementia bed-based care placements.

There are estimated to be over 1,500 residents in Kingston, including people under the age of 65, with dementia. It is predicted that this figure will rise to over 2,100 people with dementia by the year 2027.