Their new home with more soul

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

A new chap­ter and sense of home­li­ness has be­gun for Dementia Lakes as they set­tle into their new lo­ca­tion, fol­low­ing a busy Aware­ness Week.

The new build­ing is lo­cated at 1460A Hinemoa St.

Dementia Lakes man­ager Lynne Luke says this is the new lo­ca­tion for them and Parkin­sons Cen­tral Plateau.

She says they de­cided to make the move to the new build­ing be­cause it has a ramp, ac­cess is bet­ter, there is plenty of park­ing, it is in a house set­ting which peo­ple with dementia iden­tify with, and has a homely at­mos­phere.

“The ac­cess to and era of the house is more ap­pro­pri­ate and wel­com­ing for peo­ple with dementia, rather than an of­fice set­ting.

“It feels like it’s got a bit more soul to it.”

She says it is still a work in progress and once they have a few more adorn­ments added it will be even more homely.

An open day is go­ing to be held on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 18 from 1pm to 4pm, so the com­mu­nity can gather for a cup of tea, have a look at the build­ing, have a ko¯ rero and meet the staff.

The build­ing was blessed by Henare Mohi be­fore they moved in.

The move has fol­lowed a busy Septem­ber, which is Dementia Aware­ness Month.

She says the Pur­ple Bike Ride had about 30 rid­ers dressed up in won­der­ful pur­ple out­fits and painted faces.

“We were well sup­ported by the gen­eral pub­lic at the Ro­torua Night Mar­ket and the poem read­ing went su­perbly.”

Photo / Shauni James

(From left) Les­ley Mor­ri­son, Lynne Luke and An­nette Hall of Dementia Lakes out­side the new lo­ca­tion.

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