Garage makeover benefits Kiamena residents in Louth

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RESIDENTS of Kiamena care home in Louth recently celebrated the opening of their new independent kitchen and sensory room which started off life as an empty double garage.

Initially the double garage was sitting gathering dust until the four residents which the care home currently support were recently taken out of day services.

This prompted assistant manager of Kiamena, Toni Noke to get everyone together to discuss the possibilities of what the double garage could be that would benefit the residents.

The final decision was to transform the garages into an independent living unit and a total sensory environment room.

With the landlords progress cares go ahead, a friend of Toni’s, Kenneth Baker who suddenly died last year took the project to heart and started work after many business quotes they received were out of their reach.

Now two years down the line and thanks to the help of many local people and businesses, the project was completed and the site ready to use.

Assistant Manager of Kiamena, Toni Noke said: “Thanks to the hard work of Ken Baker and a gentleman who we fondly know as Jimbo took on our project and rounded up a number of plumbers, builders, joiners and electricians to give their time to our project.

“For this we cannot thank them enough.”

Toni added: “We also got all of the materials cost price from Focus, Ashtons Carpets, Louth Builders and Spire Windows.

“Without these people, this project would never have got off the ground.”

The unit is in memory of Ken Baker and Gary Swaby who used to be a former resident of the home but passed away earlier this year.