BEACH huts, a cinema – even a town square. These are some of the facilities at a state-of-the-art care home that aims to provide the perfect environment for people suffering from dementia.

The £8.5m Linden House complex in New Street, Lymington, which has created 100 jobs, is set to open next month.

Built on the site of an earlier care home that was axed by Hampshire County Council, Linden House includes navigational aids such as colour-coded doors to help residents find their way around.

A hairdressing salon, an activities room and a cafe are among the amenities at the three-storey complex.

The home even boasts Linden Square, an internal “outside space” that reflects the town’s historic past and aims to aid elderly dementia sufferers by stimulating their memory. The relaxing, specially-themed gardens include a gazebo, beach huts and a putting green.

Owned and run by Lymington-based Colten Care, the home will feature four house groups of 15 residents each. Manager Jackie Hampton said: “Colten already provides three dementia-specific care homes, giving us a huge body of knowledge about the different dementia journeys people can take.

“Living in small, friendly groups gives residents the chance to continue practical skills and retain their spirit of independence for as long as possible.”

The purpose-built home reflects the latest thinking in dementia care and memory loss.

Colten Care’s chief executive Mark Aitchison said: “We’re a family-run group, determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care.

“Linden House incorporates the latest therapeutic approaches and facilities for dementia care, all within an elegant, beautifully designed building.”

The home aims to help meet the growing demand for specialist care homes.

The New Forest is expected to see a 43 per cent rise in dementia cases over the next 20 years, due to the exceptionally high number of pensioners living in the popular retirement area.

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