02 Jul 2018

Applications can now be made to become a tenant of The Croft, a state of the art supported living development for people diagnosed with dementia.

It is due to open in August 2018 and a waiting list is currently being compiled. Those with a diagnosis of dementia, who have assessed care and housing needs that make it difficult for them to live independently in private or social housing will be considered. 

Developed by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with Choice Housing and the NI Housing Executive, the new residential development is situated in the Abbots Cross area of Newtownabbey, close to local amenities.

The Croft has 24 apartments, 18 single room and 6 double rooms each with their own front door but with another door leading into a main communal/reception area. Each apartment will provide tenants with a home where they will be supported in living as independent a life as possible, with a tailored care and support plan in place to meet their needs. The development is fitted with assistive technology and includes the latest concepts in dementia care such as bright contrasting colours, lighting that does not throw shadows, contrasting work surfaces and kitchen units. Support staff will be on site 24 hours a day.


Tanya Carson, Locality Manager said, The Northern Trust has been working for some time on improving and modernising the services we offer and giving more choice for people with a diagnosis of dementia.  Our ambition is to support people to remain at home for as long as possible with appropriate support and, when this is no longer possible, to offer supported living services.


This is an exciting new initiative for the Trust and we are looking forward to it opening in August and welcoming our first tenants.”


Hazel Bell, Chair of Choice said, “We have a wide range of housing options in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area aimed to meet the diverse needs of local people, specifically sheltered, family and supported housing.  This scheme is another example of quality-supported housing for those who want to live independent lives and play their part in the local community”.


“The Croft is the latest in a busy new build programme, that is actively planning and constructing much needed new homes across the region.”


To make an application or for more information, contact your local NI Housing Executive.