Unique dementia scheme up for UK Housing Award
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Flowers House - assisted living for people living with dementia
Aragon Housing Association’s pioneering new assisted living scheme for the care of people living with dementia has been shortlisted for a major UK Housing Award.
Flowers House, which was opened last September by Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador and actor Kevin Whately, is a finalist for the Large Development of the Year in the UK Housing Awards.
The £3.2m scheme is a unique partnership between social housing provider Aragon, part of Grand Union Housing Group, and Milton Keynes Council and provides 34 individual apartments with round the clock support for people living with dementia.
Aragon’s Managing Director Aileen Evans, said; “This is excellent news and recognition of how unique Flowers House is. We have proved that with the right partnership it is possible to make schemes like this work for everyone’s benefit.
“We have no doubt this is a bold model for future provision for the care of people who are living with dementia and are delighted everyone involved has been recognised for their hard work.”
Flowers House has captured the attention of those working in the sector since Aragon helped to rescue the scheme which was at risk after a previous partner pulled out at the 11th hour.
Built with support from a £2.4m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, the scheme is being seen as a model for future partnership against a background of huge growth in the need for care of people with dementia.
The winners are due to be announced at a special awards ceremony showcasing the creativity, dedication, innovation and passion of individuals and organisations from all over the UK on Tuesday 16April at the London Lancaster Hotel.