Ixworth Court Traditional House Farmers Weekly

Specialist Dementia Living, Traditional House at Ixworth Dementia Village, Suffolk the first of its kind in the UK

The Leaf Care Group has spent the last six months (October 2020 to March 2021) at Ixworth Dementia Village, beginning work on our next exciting project.

Each house at Ixworth Dementia Village supports eight people living with dementia and offers favorable surroundings that include smaller group living with people who share common interests. Each house has its own front door, a living room, and a bedroom. When caring for people with dementia, observations have found that residents are more relaxed in smaller groups, sharing their space with others with similar interests.

We are delighted to announce that in Summer 2021, we will open the doors to a new house, Traditional House, within our Ixworth-based Dementia Village. Traditional House will accommodate five residents and provide specialist dementia living, but what is unique about Traditional House?

Traditional House is furnished in a traditional home-style and includes outdoor space with a courtyard garden situated on the ground floor. For those that choose to live in Traditional House, it will provide outdoor space for people with dementia who previously enjoyed working within local farms, trades, or a craft. Their day might have started at the crack of dawn where they labored tirelessly, working the land or with livestock or machinery.

Losing day-to-day momentum when diagnosed with dementia can be challenging and frustrating, particularly for those that used to spend every waking moment dedicated to their trade. We wanted to offer something special to those that have had to leave their love of the land behind, hence the birth of Traditional House.

Traditional House will open in July 2021. It will be the third house to open at Ixworth Dementia Village, and the three houses will provide accommodation for 22 residents. New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has supported this business expansion through the Business Resilience and Recovery Grant Scheme.