9 June 2014

£34k garden joy for Hove care home

The council-run Knoll House Resource Centre, on Ingram Crescent West, has a lovely new garden. 

The centre cares for up to 20 people. It provides care and rehabilitation to people who are coming out of hospital and helps prevent people having to go into hospital in the first place.

The home previously had no garden. They successfully bid for a grant of £34,375. from the Department of Health’s Dementia Friendly Environments Fund to improve the overall environment of the centre for people who have a dementia diagnosis or memory loss / cognitive impairment.

As well as the garden the home’s alarm call systems have been upgraded to handle more ‘telecare’ equipment. Wifi has also been installed so that people can stay connected via the web with their families.

The deputy chair of the council’s adult care and health committee, Councillor Rob Jarrett, said: “Knoll House works closely with the local NHS to ensure people can maximise their independence.

“Most people stay there between two to six weeks and receive intensive rehabilitation and support. The wonderful new garden and the technology upgrades will definitely make their stay that bit more pleasant.

“The service plays a key role in facilitating hospital discharges and relieving pressure on A&E.”  ENDS