New day centre for people with dementia opens in Yate

Posted on Friday 11th February 2011 at 8:11 am by SH (Editor)

A brand new, purpose built day centre for people with dementia has just opened in Yate.

The centre replaces the Woodleaze facility, and is located in the new, multi-million pound Cambrian Green Court extra care housing development.

The new centre has been built as part of the council’s ongoing work to support the increasing number of people with dementia, and their carers. The aim is to help people remain well and as independent as possible within the community.

The new unit is larger, and has more facilities, than the one it has replaced. Increased investment in staffing means that more people can benefit from the support offered at Cambrian Green, with an additional ten places per day.

It also includes a restaurant offering home-cooked meals, a hairdressing salon and comfortable lounges where a range of activities can take place.

A range of individuals and organisations contributed to the design of the new facility. Users and their carers from the former Woodleaze centre gave their views, as did the NHS and voluntary organisations who work with people with dementia.

Councillor Matthew Riddle, executive member for community care and housing and older people’s champion, said: “Cambrian Green offers excellent new facilities for people in South Gloucestershire affected by dementia and their carers and demonstrates the council’s commitment to investing in quality services to support the growing population affected by dementia.

“It is a purpose built facility designed specifically for people with dementia with a lot of input from people with dementia themselves. By welcoming partner organisations to make use of the space, we hope to see an even greater positive impact from this excellent new facility.”

Derek Dominey, from Staple Hill, is a carer of a partner with dementia. He said: “I welcome this new development which will enable people with dementia to be cared for safely while the carer has a welcome break and the opportunity to follow their own interests.”

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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