Plans to invest £11m to develop dementia day care facilities revealed

Artists impression of Knowl Park House

Councillors will consider proposals to fund two new day care facilities to support adults living with dementia in Kirklees.

Where will the investment be?

Next week  (21 September) Cabinet will be review an £11m proposal to build new dementia day care facilities at Knowl Park House in Mirfield and The Homestead in Almondbury. This will make sure people continue to receive high quality services that achieve positive outcomes.  Service users, carers and staff all contributed to shaping the plans.

What do the proposed dementia day care facilities include?

Both new proposed schemes use the Stirling University dementia friendly design standards to improve accessibility for all. The accommodation layout is focussed around four main zones. There will be a Home Therapy Zone incorporating a homely open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area; an Activity Zone incorporating 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.

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.”

Centre of Excellence

Plans for Knowl Park House will include a Centre of Excellence.  The centre will offer advice and support for people with a dementia diagnosis, as well as their carers. There will also be support for children and adults with other physical and sensory disabilities.

The facility will show people how areas of home-living design and new technology can help them make positive changes to their current accommodation.  There will also be opportunities for partnership working. The centre will focus will be on early intervention, so people can stay independent for as long as possible.

Further information

For further information about Knowl Park House, please visit our website.