By Leah Conway –
Kirklees Councillors are considering proposals to fund two new daycare facilities to support adults living with dementia in Kirklees.
The Cabinet will review the plans next week on 21 September. The plans lay out an £11m investment proposal to build new dementia daycare facilities at Knowl Park House in Mirfield and The Homestead in Almondbury.
The plans aim to ensure people continue to receive high-quality services for dementia across Kirklees. Service users, carers and staff have contributed to shaping the proposed plans so far.
Both newly proposed schemes would use the Stirling University dementia-friendly design standards to improve accessibility for all, with the accommodation layout focussed around four main zones: A Home Therapy Zone incorporating a homely open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area; an Activity Zone containing a large arts and crafts room; and a Wellbeing Zone with a sensory and cinema room and a spa, and a bespoke, accessible sensory garden.
“Latest research and technology”
Councillor Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “It’s vital that we take advantage of the latest research and technology to support our residents living with dementia, and I’m pleased that we will be discussing these proposals to enhance the support available for people in North Kirklees.
“We have worked collaboratively with the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) to ensure the new facilities incorporate dementia design principles and meet the DSDC dementia design standards. Once open, the new flexible space could allow for access on evenings and weekends to meet the needs of people in a more flexible way and to provide a wider range of support for family carers.”
The Knowl Park House plans also propose to include the provision of a Centre of Excellence, which would offer advice and support for people with a dementia diagnosis, their carers and adults and children with other physical and sensory disabilities.
The plans for the facilities aim to use technology to its advantage to make a positive change in the quality of home-living for service users. The plans also touch on opportunities for partnership to focus on early intervention of dementia.