Dementia friendly care and design is now at the heart of a day care centre in Thornaby.
The Halcyon Centre has been transformed through an extensive programme of refurbishment to create a dementia friendly environment.
The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman officially re-opened the Halcyon Centre which supports adults, including those living with dementia.
Work began in November 2013 after Stockton Council and its health partners 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, their families and carers.
Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman, said: “What a fantastic facility the Halcyon Centre is. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to officially re-open it and meet some of the people who are already benefitting from its new design. I’m sure it will support and enhance the lives of many of our residents for plenty of years to come.”
The day care centre was officially re-opened today (May 23). Meanwhile the ‘Live Well’ Dementia Hub section of the building will open later in the year providing a single ‘one stop shop’ offering assessment, information, training and consultation opportunities for people with dementia, their families, carers and the wider public.
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, Councillor Jim Beall, said: “We know that at least 2270 people across our Borough are living with dementia or are supporting a family member with dementia. The condition can be both demanding and frustrating so we need to do all we can to support them.
“The day centre and dementia hub are an invaluable addition to our care and support services as they place the needs of people with dementia right at the heart of treatment and care as well as providing essential support and advice for those caring with dementia.
“The newly designed Halcyon Centre is now dementia friendly which means all adults, including those with dementia can get the most out of the time they spend here, therefore improving their quality of life.
“What’s more, when the ‘Live Well’ Dementia Hub opens both people with dementia and their families will be able to access specialised information and support all in one place.”
Specialised dementia-friendly design principles have been incorporated throughout the day care centre to assist people living with the condition.
New colour schemes, bespoke furniture, improved signage and lighting have all been carefully selected to enhance the centre and enrich the client experience, transforming the Halcyon Centre into one of excellence in dementia-friendly care and design.
All clients will be able to enjoy newly-refurbished areas including 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.
The centre also offers a range of outside spaces for people to use and enjoy including raised allotment beds, a greenhouse and a sensory garden.
The works were carried out by T.Manners and Sons.
The Halcyon Centre is a day service for adults, including those living with Dementia, managed by Stockton Borough Council. For more information please contact the First Contact Team firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01642) 527764.