WISBECH: New unit opens at Glennfield Care Centre to cater for early onset dementia sufferers
PUBLISHED: 12:31 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:08 02 June 2010
A UNIQUE unit specialising in the care of those with early onset dementia has been opened to cater for the specific needs of 22 residents. Author John Killick was at Glennfield Care Centre to officially open the unit last Thursday. Mr Killick has spent ma
A UNIQUE unit specialising in the care of those with early onset dementia has been opened to cater for the specific needs of 22 residents.
Author John Killick was at Glennfield Care Centre to officially open the unit last Thursday. Mr Killick has spent many years talking and listening to people with dementia and writing poetry and prose based on their conversations.
General Manager Olga Parry says the unit will help individuals reach their full potential and help families come to terms with the changes taking place.
Facilities are aimed at people as young as 30 who are experiencing the first signs of dementia and whose needs are very different to those who are older and in the more advanced stages of the illness.
Mrs Parry said: "We have a wonderful relaxation area where people can be alone or have quiet time with their families or key worker. The internet café will allow them to carry on with research or studying with the Open University. Residents can continue surfing and communicating with families and friends on Facebook
"We also have a very nice music room and arts therapy will be available with residents able to paint or sketch. We have facilities so residents can continue to use their life skills and they will be encouraged to lead an independent life."
Families can stay overnight when they have had to travel distances or if residents need support or it is a significant time such as a birthday or anniversary when people need to be together. There are also activities for children who are visiting family members.
The unit has both indoor and outdoor sports facilities and a garden where residents can help look after an allotment and flower beds. The sports facilities aim to improve co-ordination and balance.
Staff are specially trained to care for those in the unit. Mrs Parry said: "They understand the different stages of dementia and the challenges. They can put strategies in place to help residents maintain their abilities and dignity.
There are plans for the unit to offer day as well as short term respite care and long term care.
Staff aim to work closely with the Primary Care Trust and Multidisciplinary team.
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