How did it all start?

More than 3.7 million Euros (approximately £3m) of European funding has been secured by a cross-border partnership to develop a four year cross-European approach to providing better care for the elderly and people living with dementia.

Called 'CASCADE', and involving ten partners; this latest initiative will see the construction of two new facilities for the elderly and for people living with dementia and will create a Centre of Excellence for dementia sufferers across the partner regions. It will provide training for 2,500 people, care for 2,700 people and an anticipated cost saving of 11.6 million Euros based upon the reduction of length of stay in hospitals.

Medway Community Healthcare is very pleased to be part of this project and will be developing small scale care known as 'guesthouses' for elderly people with dementia, which will provide respite care within our local community.

The CASCADE project was approved and funded by the EU Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund)

A bit about the project

We are one of ten partners across the UK and Europe developing a new and innovative model of enablement, empowerment and integration to provide respite breaks for people living with dementia. Harmony House is part of the wider CASCADE project which is funded by the EU Interreg 2 Seas programme 2017-2021, and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

  • Total project value: 12,573,153.15 euros
  • ERDF value: 7,543,891.89 euros

Everybody needs some time for themselves, even more so when they care for someone else. This is where respite care can be integral to people living with dementia, as well as to those providing care and support.

Whether it’s covering a holiday period, a short break, or is needed quickly due to illness or an emergency; our highly skilled staff are passionate about ensuring people living with dementia are supported to remain as independent as they want to be.

What is CASCADE?

CASCADE stands for Community Areas of Sustainable Care and Dementia Excellence in Europe.

The CASCADE Model promotes a holistic, person-centred approach for people living with dementia to maximise independence and quality of life. The model is based on five fundamentals:

  1. Focusing on individual abilities and what the person ‘wants’ to do
  2. Personalised holistic care
  3. Living life to the fullest
  4. Positive public perception
  5. Safe environment for independent living

What do we offer?

Our promise at Harmony House, is to provide our guests with personally tailored support that meets their individual needs, whatever they might be. Our guesthouse is run by highly-trained staff who are committed to making even the shortest of stays a positive experience. We encourage people staying with us to take full advantage of the social activities we provide, and to see their time with us as a chance to meet new people and try new activities.

Our location next to ourZone in Pattens Lane, Rochester, enables our guests to use the facilities within the ourZone centre at a subsidised price. These facilities have recently been refurbished and include a gym, an IT suite, hairdresser and many more, together withexpert support to make best use of them. If you sign up and become a member of ourZone, you can continue to use these additional facilities even when you aren’t staying at the Guesthouse.

To ensure we continue to improve and make best use of modern technology to support our guests, we are exploring the use of telecare systems to support people living with dementia. The use of telecare (technologies such as remote monitoring and emergency alarms) through Canary Care, allow our guests to live independently whilst assuring us that they are safe and well.