|Issue Date: 26 August 2014 26 August 2014 Dementia centre plans take a step forward|
|PLANS for a residential centre specialising in dementia care in Leek have moved an important step forward - state a local authority.
Staffordshire County Council is looking to discuss proposals to develop a Dementia Centre of Excellence at Knivedon Hall, The Mount, Leek with the Symphony consortium.
Centres of Excellence are set to offer the finest through-life care for dementia patients, reducing the need for them to be transferred from residential care to specialist units as their condition deteriorates.
In June, the county council’s cabinet chose the Symphony consortium as its preferred bidder to create two new dementia centres in Lichfield and Burton. In September, the county council will extend talks with Symphony on the potential centre at Knivedon Hall to serve the north of the county.
The Alzheimer’s Society reports that as much as 80 percent of people currently in care have dementia or memory problems. In Staffordshire, the number of people over 85 is predicted to double in 2025, with issues such as dementia and disability also on the increase.
County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said: “Dementia is the biggest challenge facing the whole country and it is essential that effective care and support is provided. These centres will offer those with dementia the best care possible at whatever stage of their condition, giving them the stability they need and helping them to live as full a life as possible.
“I am looking forward to having initial discussions with Symphony over what could possibly be offered at Knivedon. Having reviewed the level of need for specialist residential care across North Staffordshire, we believe that the development of a Centre of Excellence in the area would be of tremendous benefit.”
“Ultimately, we want to give people coping with dementia a better quality of life and dignity as their condition changes. Our approach will mean that we are ready to meet the challenges that dementia poses to individuals, their families and the wider community, and will ensure we are well prepared to meet future challenges.”