Plans have been approved for a £38m redevelopment of a Nightingale Hammerson home in Barnet.

Barnet Council granted permission for the project last month with building work expected to start next year.

Melvin Lawson, chairman of Nightingale Hammerson, said: “We are delighted that we can now move forward with our plans to redevelop Hammerson House. Our priority is to continue the long tradition of providing an exemplary standard of care for the Jewish community. The needs of older people in the community are evolving and we must be able to provide homes with flexible care solutions.”

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The redevelopment, which was approved by the trustee of Nightingale Hammerson in January, will increase the home’s capacity to 116 residents.

The home will include en suite bedrooms and will offer residential to advanced dementia care.

Bedrooms will be located within six district ‘households’ with dining rooms and lounges opening on to sheltered winter gardens, sociable spaces and specialised spaces for Namaste care –  a therapy specifically designed to improve the quality of life for residents living with advanced dementia.

The ground floor includes a hair salon, shop, café, dedicated therapy suite and a large hall to host a range of activities and events.

Alternative accommodation has been found for residents while building takes place. Some residents will be moved to a refurbished unit at Nightingale House in south west London.

Nightingale Hammerson is an independent charity running three homes in London and Hertfordshire.

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