Tak­ing trip down Mem­ory Lane as home opens spe­cial­ist floor

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF -

» A SPE­CIAL­IST de­men­tia floor has been opened at a care home.

The area, named Mem­ory Lane, was of­fi­cially un­veiled at Strat­ton Court in Cirences­ter, last week by Count­ess Bathurst.

The spe­cial­ist floor fea­tures mu­rals and a suc­ces­sion of pic­tures from the past in­clud­ing shops and nostalgic scenes. The award win­ning care home is run by Aura Care Liv­ing and has an ini­tial 20 beds open to the county with more to come by the end of the year.

Fig­ures show that more than a quar­ter of people aged over 65 in the Cotswolds are di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia of some form, higher than the na­tional av­er­age of 21 per cent.

The move comes as re­ports and anal­y­sis from Age UK in­di­cates about 30 per cent of ar­eas in the UK now have no res­i­den­tial care beds.

“We be­lieve we are do­ing some­thing truly dif­fer­ent and in­no­va­tive,” said Strat­ton Court home man­ager Anne Duffy.

“There is a lack of un­der­stand­ing about those liv­ing with de­men­tia and by pro­vid­ing a spe­cial­ist ser­vice we are able to get to know all of our res­i­dents and un­der­stand their needs as ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent.

“We have worked with var­i­ous ex­perts while all staff have had spe­cial train­ing.”

Pic­ture: Paul Ni­cholls

Sir Ge­of­frey Clifton-brown MP and Lady Bathurst with Linda Lloyd and mayor of Cirences­ter Patrick Cole­man, at the open­ing of the fa­cil­i­tiy at Aura Care Liv­ing at Strat­ton Court Vil­lage, Cirences­ter

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