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Heath Road Celebrates a Decade
Wednesday 7th April, 2010

At the turn of the millennium, Heath Road Day Centre opened its doors to care for people with dementia.

Today, April 7, marks its 10th birthday.

Over the past decade the Ashton-in-Makerfield centre has helped more than 200 families. Every person who comes to the centre gets the opportunity to make their own unique book about their life.

Carers and staff both past and present will unite for the celebrations. It’s also an opportunity to talk to staff about dementia, ask questions and get advice. Visitors will also have the chance to see displays of what activities people take part in at the centre - from help with memory, quizzes, board games, art and craft plus gentle exercise sessions.

This very special Wigan Council day centre provides a friendly, safe environment and meets the individual needs of people with dementia, providing emotional, spiritual and social support in a sensitive way. It provides cooked meals and can also arrange transport.

The centre goes a long way in helping to enable families to care for their loved ones at home. Care is tailored to meet individual needs, and is monitored and reviewed regularly. This is called 'Person Centred Care'.

There are 700,000 people in the UK living with Dementia – that’s one in every 88 people. One in 20 are over 65 and one in five people are over 80.

Heath Road day centre provides care for 12 people at each session. There are two sessions running from Monday to Friday, one in the morning which starts and 8am until 1pm, and one in the afternoon from 1pm until 6pm. They also host sessions on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 6pm.

Manager Diane Ralph says; “Our overall aim is to enhance the quality of life for people with dementia. We actively promote and maintain independence, where possible. We help people with dementia to live safely within the community and support carers in their role.

“We hold regular meetings with carers and other people involved in providing care. An eight week training course has been developed specifically for carers which is just one afternoon per week, where we talk about dementia, medication, assistive technology and the importance of carers looking after themselves.”

There are currently some vacancies for people with dementia at Heath Road Day Centre, for further information please call 01942 767086.

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