Cabinet approves revised budget of £8.2m for dementia day care facility in Mirfield

Councillors have approved proposals to increase funding to £8.2m for the redevelopment of new dementia day care facilities in north Kirklees at Cabinet today.

More money for dementia day care

The funding is for the developments at Knowl Park House, Mirfield.

Developments include a revamped dementia day care facility and a new Kirklees Living Well Centre in Mirfield.

Designed to dementia friendly standards

The proposed new dementia day care facility will benefit from improvements to the environment by using the Stirling University dementia friendly design standards to improve accessibility for all. The layout includes a homely open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area; a large arts and crafts room; a sensory and cinema room and a spa, and a bespoke accessible sensory garden.

Kirklees Living Well Centre

The Kirklees Living Well Centre will provide support and advice for families and professionals. The community will also benefit as more people will be able to live in their own homes for longer. Residents will maintain their independence and delay the need for more intensive and longer term residential and/or nursing care.

Richard Parry, Strategic Director for Adults and Health said:

“It is vital that we take advantage of the latest research and technology to support our residents living with dementia and other complex physical and learning disabilities. We asked cabinet to increase the investment in Knowl Park House so that we can provide high quality care for vulnerable residents so they can maintain their independence for as long as possible.

“Our dementia day care facility is being designed in collaboration with the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC). This will ensure the new facilities incorporate dementia design principles and meet the DSDC dementia design standards.”

For further information about Knowl Park House, please visit our website: www.kirklees.gov.uk/knowlparkhouse