De­men­tia hub to bring peo­ple to­gether

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A NEW cen­tre for peo­ple with de­men­tia is set to open in Rochdale.

The Wil­lows De­men­tia Hub will bring health and so­cial care to­gether to pro­vide sup­port for those liv­ing with de­men­tia and their fam­i­lies.

Lo­cated at Springhill Re­source Cen­tre, the ser­vice was com­mis­sioned by Rochdale coun­cil and NHS Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG), in a bid to im­prove the ser­vices avail­able for peo­ple with de­men­tia across the bor­ough.

The Wil­lows has been re­fur­bished and trans­formed into a com­mu­nity hub, de­signed us­ing Stir­ling Univer­sity’s ‘Stan­dards for De­men­tia De­sign.’

It will pro­vide a range of care, in­clud­ing for peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, in a de­men­tia-friendly en­vi­ron­ment. Fa­cil­i­ties at the cen­tre in­clude 18 res­i­den­tial rooms, respite ac­com­mo­da­tion, fam­ily rooms for rel­a­tives, and com­ple­men­tary com­mu­nity ser­vices. A range of day ser­vices will also be pro­vided dur­ing the week.

The hub, which will of­fi­cially open on Fri­day, Novem­ber 2, will be run by Rochdale care provider GP Care Ser­vices Ltd, which worked with Rochdale Coun­cil and the CCG to cre­ate a de­men­ti­afriendly de­sign for the build­ing.

Dr Chris Duffy, from NHS Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, said: “This cen­tre is a key part of our in­no­va­tive ap­proach to pro­vid­ing ser­vices in the com­mu­nity that are tai­lored to peo­ple’s in­di­vid­ual needs and which ad­dress the key health is­sues af­fect­ing the wider com­mu­nity.”

Coun Iftikhar Ahmed, cab­i­net mem­ber for adult care at Rochdale coun­cil, added: “This is a fan­tas­tic new fa­cil­ity that will en­sure peo­ple over the age of 18 who are liv­ing with de­men­tia across Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale can ac­cess some of the best pos­si­ble care.

“We are proud to have com­mis­sioned what will be one of the UK’s lead­ing cen­tres to de­liver de­men­tia ser­vices.”

Gail White­head, chief of­fi­cer at GP Care Ser­vices Ltd, said: “We want The Wil­lows to be an ac­tive part of the com­mu­nity and we wel­come the in­volve­ment of lo­cal res­i­dents, both as vis­i­tors to our cafe and as vol­un­teers in our work with those who are liv­ing with de­men­tia.

“We’re ex­plor­ing ways in which we can work with lo­cal col­leges and schools to pro­vide learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for those study­ing health and so­cial care.”

●●Dr Chris Duffy

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