Community hub for people with dementia under new management
A community hub in Little Sutton has been revived with new activities and is being led by new management.
Bridge House, on Chester Road, in the town centre, is a community facility offering a day care service for older people with early onset dementia.
The not-for-profit lifeline is run by new manager Joanne Salomon and deputy Sue Todd who officially took over the place earlier this month.
The centre is open Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-4.30pm, and together Joanne and Sue have introduced more activities.
Joanne has pledged to recruit a million dementia friends by 2015 under the government backed campaign, and aims to raise awareness on how people with dementia can live well in the community.
She said: “We are working with Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK.
“We want to get the message out that people can live positively with dementia.
“We are running new activities and person centred services, such as gardening, reminiscence therapy, and other meaningful activities to keep people occupied and exercise their brain in a warm, homely environment.
“We cater for people at short notice, and sessions can be flexible to suit people’s needs.
“We do half day or full day sessions with free taster sessions available, and cater for up to seven people per session so as to keep it a nice personal feel.
“The service is completely independent and not connected to any care home facility – it is perfect for people with early onset dementia.
“We aim to improve the quality of life for clients and provide a rest period for carers, as well as enabling people to live independently for longer in their own homes.
“Affiliated by the Alzheimer’s Society, we can offer advice and awareness sessions through the ‘Dementia Friends’ programme to raise awareness of how small changes can make a difference.
“We have already received positive feedback from those who use our facilities and their families.
“One carer has said that the centre is her mum’s happy place with her friends and she loves everyone at Bridge House. The centre is a lifeline and a place where mum is happy and well cared for – a home away from home.”
A half day session costs £20 and £40 for a full day. To find out more about the service call Joanne or Sue on 0151 348 0227.