Cedar Court

Cedar Court, Downpatrick which opened in 2012, is a purpose built supported living facility for older people, developed in partnership with Trinity Housing Association. It has 12 apartments for frail, elderly people and 12 for those with mild to moderate dementia. Each apartment has a living room, kitchen, one or two bedrooms and bathroom and is equipped with assistive technology to enable people to live independently. For example, staff will be alerted if a tenant gets out of bed in the night and doesn’t get back in, and a discreet check will be made. Highly trained Trust staff are on duty at all times, and the level of support is tailored to the needs of the tenant. Some tenants like to do their own shopping and cooking and go out to community events, while others spend more time at home and require more help with domestic and personal care. Visitors are always welcome and families often stay over.

This person centred, flexible care offers safety and security while promoting independence. It allows tenants to “age in place with the type and level of support adjusted as people’s needs change.

The apartments for those people with dementia are arranged around secure courtyard gardens and there are internal communal spaces to cater for organised leisure and recreational activities. The building has been designed with wide corridors and low level glazing to maximise sky visibility and daylight. Subtle signage and assistive technology to maintain residents’ safety will enhance a sense of wellbeing and create maximum choice for those living in the scheme.

Supported Living can change lives. Tenants at Cedar Court have told us:

“I used to be in a residential home but this is much better. I manage my own medicines and I can eat what I like, when I like. My health has improved since moving here.”

“I like to go into town every day to do my shopping. It makes me feel part of the community, and I go bowling as well.”

“You can shut your own front door and have privacy, or you can enjoy the company of the other residents.”

A second scheme, Cuan Court, in Newtownards, is being built in partnership with Apex Housing Association, and will open in Spring 2014.

Information about the referral process to either facility can be obtained from your key worker.

To hear what tenants and staff have to say about Cedar Court, please watch our video below.


100 Bridge Street
BT30 6HN

Telephone: (028) 4461 7260