Kent operator works towards care complex with residential and extra care services

Barnes Lodge, an Abbeyfield Kent Society care home, officially opened to residents last week.

The service, which has 101 bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, has started accommodating residents from the Society’s neighbouring Woodgate home.

The Woodgate home will close once all residents are moved into Barnes Lodge, with the site redeveloped into an extra care complex.

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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.

Residents will have access to a range of modern services including a hair and therapy salon, a library and a community coffee shop.

Leon Steer, chief executive of Abbeyfield Kent Society, said: “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.”

 

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