A new service providing care for older people with dementia will be introduced later this year at Platters Farm Lodge in Rainham as part of an exciting new joint project between Strode Park Foundation and Medway Council.

The 43 place care home is now run by Kent based voluntary organisation Strode Park Foundation, which also offers a day care service with rehabilitation and respite care at the site. Medway Council awarded a 25-year contract to the foundation to run the care home with effect from 1 April this year.

This follows a decision by Medway Council’s Cabinet in February last year to outsource/transfer the operation and management of its three Linked Service Centres to independent sector organisations. The Cabinet decision is in line with the Council’s policy direction – to move towards becoming an organisation that commissions services rather than one which directly provides services.

The service specification for Platters Farm Lodge was developed with the involvement of service users, their families, staff and local voluntary organisations. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care Cllr David Brake said: “The council’s dedicated and professional staff have helped to provide high quality service at Platters Farm Lodge, which is greatly valued by service users, families and carers, and is highly rated by the Care Quality Commission.

“Strode Park Foundation is a highly respected voluntary organisation, and we are confident that in making this long term commitment the quality of care and support at the centre will be not only be maintained, but that there will also be opportunities to further develop its services for our older people and adults with physical disabilities”.

Paul Montgomery, Chief Executive of Strode Park Foundation added: “We are very excited and proud to have been awarded the Platters Farm Lodge contract, particularly in view of the fact that we were competing with some very formidable care providers.
“It is reassuring to know that the deciding factor was based on the quality of care Strode Park was able to demonstrate throughout its care services for children and adults with disabilities.

“Strode Park welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with Medway council, sharing expertise and ideas with the staff at Platters Farm Lodge to build on the good reputation already attained and to rise to the challenge of developing an excellent range of care services to meet the needs of people in Medway”.