Refurbished centre for dementia sufferers opens

Darlington and Stockton Times: RE-LAUNCHED CENTRE: Care assistant Debbie Carr with client Olive Smith at the re-launched  Halcyon Centre in Thornaby. Picture: TOM BANKS. RE-LAUNCHED CENTRE: Care assistant Debbie Carr with client Olive Smith at the re-launched Halcyon Centre in Thornaby. Picture: TOM BANKS.

A CARE centre for dementia-sufferers has opened in Thornaby following a £500,000 refurbishment.

The Halcyon Centre has had an extensive programme of refurbishment to create a dementia-friendly environment.

The Mayor of Stockton Barbara Inman officially re-opened the Halcyon Centre, which supports adults, including those living with dementia.

Work began in November 2013 after Stockton Borough Council secured more than £500,000 of Government funding to re-design the centre and develop a new Live Well Dementia Hub to support people with dementia and their families.

The day care centre was officially re-opened today, (Friday, May 23) but the Live Well Dementia Hub section won’t open until later in the year.

The project is one of the first national pilots to showcase the best examples of dementia-friendly environments across England.

Stockton Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for adult services and health, Cllr Jim Beall, said the building was very important, adding: “We know that at least 2,270 people across our borough are living with dementia or are supporting a family member with dementia.”

Specialised dementia-friendly design principles have been incorporated throughout the centre. Colour schemes, bespoke furniture, improved signage and lighting have all been carefully selected and sufferers will be able to use a large dining area, fully-equipped country kitchen, an alcohol free ‘pub’ complete with bar, pool table and board games, as well as spacious rooms for arts, crafts, relaxation, beauty treatments and a hairdressing service.

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