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Redcar project to help dementia sufferers could have national impact
WORK is underway on a £237,000 project to improve the lives of people with dementia and those that care for them that could have a national impact.
Dementia experts from Stirling University have helped design four new specially designed bedrooms, calming areas including a bathroom, a memory area and arts and crafts rooms at Brookfield Care Home in Lazenby, near Redcar.
The results of the improvement work will be evaluated by a health charity and it’s hoped the findings will eventually help dementia sufferers across the UK.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council bid for the Government money on behalf of SLL Healthcare for the firm’s Brookfield Care Home.
Funding comes from the Department of Health’s £50m Dementia Friendly Environments pot and is divided between 116 UK projects.
Half of the cash was made available to public sector social care departments in England to bid for local schemes and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council was successful.
Brookfield Care Home’s plans also include four en-suite residential bedrooms, one of which will be used for respite care to give families and carers a break from their responsibilities.
People with dementia will be able to visit the care home on a daily basis to use the refurbished lounge and sensory rooms. There will also be a salon for visiting hairdressers.
Externally, the gardens will be redesigned with more seating and sensory equipment, including wind chimes and waterfalls.
Sheelagh Clarke, the council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the physical environments used by people with dementia can make a real difference to the care and support they receive. Not only that, but with residential respite care planned and improved facilities for day users there is more support for the families of people with dementia.”
Steve Metcalf, from SSL Healthcare Ltd, said: “We look forward to working with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council over the next few months in order to create additional dementia facilities for Redcar and Cleveland.”
Building work and alterations will take place between now and March. All of the finished Government schemes will be evaluated by the King’s Fund, a London based charity aimed at improving the country’s health system.
The organisation will assess the impact of the redesign and it is hoped that other care homes will be able to benefit from the findings.
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