A recently-opened Crowborough residential home for older people has received the 2011 award for Best Dementia Care Home Interior.
At the second annual National Dementia Congress, held in Liverpool, judges announced that they had chosen Heather View because they felt it demonstrated a real focus on community and local involvement, making the home a design for the future.
The innovative interior features an indoor village “centre” with an old-fashioned tearoom, coffee shop, hair salon, village shop, post-box and a cinema.
Manager Bill Roarty said: “Care UK is working hard to understand how environments can benefit the lives of people with dementia. We are working with dementia experts to ensure that our homes are relaxing, yet stimulating, environments for our residents.
“We want people to be able to enjoy the lifestyle they want and we can see that happening at Heather View where families are meeting up and having lunch while grandchildren can play happily and safely in the village setting, whatever the weather.
“Residents are also regularly inviting friends over to the coffee shop and then going to see a film together at the home’s cinema. With this level of facilities, no one ever has to worry that living in a home is an end of their active social life, friendships or hobbies.”