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Project information

Assisted Living Project

Peaceful Place has bought a new bungalow with enough land to build two further homes on it. When complete, the three homes will provide residential accommodation for 12 people with younger onset dementia with 24 hour specialist support for when people can no longer live in their own homes.

January 2011 - September 2011

Charity information: The Peaceful Place Limited

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  • Need


    In Essex & in much of S E England generally, there is no specialised accommodation for younger people with onset dementia.
    For those for whom care at home is no longer possible, their only option is to seek care within an organisation providing elderly dementia care For people who are generally physically active, recently diagnosed but simply no longer able to care for themselves, an environment designed for a different age & ability group can be a fearful prospect.


    The complex will inform, care & support people living with younger onset dementia addressing the need for a continuous care package in safe & familiar surroundings. In the 1st year of operation at least 12 younger adults with dementia will receive high quality long-term residential care in a supportive environment with an emphasis on mental & physical stimulation appropriate to individual needs & interests. This will result in significant improvements & slower regression in cognitive health.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver the best possible assisted-living care for people living with younger onset dementia


    » Fundraise by holding regular events, giving talks, and approaching Charitable Trusts in order to finance the homes.
    » Build the homes with the help of a dementia expert to design the best homes possible according to the needs of younger people with onset dementia.
    » Recruit caring staff and train them to the highest levels in order to equip them to do their jobs as effectively as possible.

    What success will look like

    Success will be giving a safe & happy home to 12 people, giving them quality of life and their families & carers peace of mind that loved ones are in the best possible place.

  • Impact


    The person with dementia will have somewhere safe and happy to live in an age-appropriate environment, and their carers and families will be secure in the knowledge that they have done their best for their loved-one seeing them in the best possible place.


    The main risk is occupancy levels being too low. To reduce the risk we are prepared to accept our geographical market beyond the boundaries of Essex. We are developing a marketing strategy and trying to spread awareness that younger onset dementia is no longer just targeting the elderly.


    We will give regular reports on our progress, send yearly accounts and invite donors along to Peaceful Place to see how their money has helped us in our work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £450,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £300,000 Building works Building two semi-detached homes
      £50,000 Furnishings Furniture and equipment
      £100,000 Running costs First year running costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Henry Smith Foundation £50,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The location is in Plumberow Avenue, Hockley in Essex.


    Anyone in Essex under the age of 65 (when they enter the home) diagnosed with younger onset dementia. If, for any reason, we are unable to fill the home with Essex residents, then we will go further afield, but as most of the money to build the homes has been fund-raised locally, then we would like to offer it to people in Essex first. As well as the people with dementia, their carers will benefit enormously from respite and knowing their loved-one is in a really good place.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Peaceful Place is unique in targeting younger people with onset dementia. We believe we may be the only provider in Essex, and possibly England, who will run assisted-living homes for people under the age of 65 with dementia. Our staff are specially trained and some of our staff have been running our day centre since the early days of the charity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Trustees

    We have 7 excellent Trustees: a leading insurance underwriter, a Finance Director, lawyer, dementia advocate, Project Manager, Councillor, etc.

The joy that Mum gets from attending the Peaceful Place centre is priceless.

Opal Edwards