The Mortimer Society

Upgrading a Care Home

Upgrading and extending an existing care home so that all rooms are ensuite and suitable for people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities, including Huntington's Disease.

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The Mortimer Society is a charity, set up nearly 25 years ago, dedicated to providing homes for adults with Huntington's Disease and other physical or learning disabilities. We have two homes, Birling House in Snodland and Frindsbury House, just a few miles away in Rochester. Birling House is the larger of the two homes, with 26 residents of whom half have Huntington’s and half have learning/physical disabilities. Frindsbury House provides a home for 16 adults with learning disabilities. Over many years the work and reputation of Birling House has grown to the point where we are now the largest and renowned specialist in the care of Huntington’s disease in the county. Birling House has the feel of a large family home with kind, friendly and experienced staff, many of whom have been with us for years. Coming to see us, we have been told, is like “visiting your favourite auntie”. The trustees are keen to expand on this excellent work by developing Frindsbury House so that it is able to cater for adults with Huntington’s and other physical disabilities, in addition to the existing residents with learning disabilities. This means altering the home so that bedrooms are roomier and all have ensuite facilities. Inevitably, this will significantly reduce the number of residents’ rooms, so we will also build an annexe with additional accommodation and a lift. Our staff are enthusiastic at the prospect of welcoming people with a physical disability into the home and discussions with residents have also been very positive The project has received great encouragement from the physical disability team on Medway Council, who are keen to see a first class facility providing residential care, day care and respite. The project will cost around £1,900,000 to complete, of which we are hoping to raise up to £800,000, (through sale of surplus land and from savings) leaving a gap of £1,100,000. We hope that grant making trusts, will be generous in their support so that this much needed facility can provide a pleasant and homely place for people with Huntington’s and other physical and learning disabilities.