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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-16-12

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Dementia Centre Set To Open Next Year

A local nurse from Melling is joining forces with 2 friends to fulfil their dream of opening a dementia centre in the heart of Kirkby. The Me2u centre, which is due to open fully in early 2018 will offer people living with dementia the opportunity to remain independent for longer, it also hopes to provide respite care, advice and support to caregivers.  NHS Nurse and mum of four, Rosie Whittington said:- "I initially qualified as a mental health nurse in 2001 and have always been drawn to working with older adults, however my passion now is to work with people living with dementia day to day. They have inspired me to take a leap of faith and take the next step to achieving our goal which is to provide the support needed for dementia sufferers to live independently for longer."

Along with her colleague Amanda – a social worker for the last 10 years, specialising in older people with mental health problems and Angela, an insurance worker who is looking for a more rewarding role, Rosie is hoping their new venture will provide much needed care and respite to dementia sufferers and enable them to remain independent by having the support and care facilities they need closer to home.  Rosie added:- "Working in this sector both Amanda and I are desperately aware of the need for such services in the local community especially since cuts from local authorities have resulted in the closure of many day centres. We witness on a daily basis the struggles facing those living with dementia due to limited resources which impacts greatly on the care givers."

The Centre will be based in West Vale, Kirkby, and will be open 7 days a week for up to 20 clients, from 8am to 6pm. The cost to use the centre (which is yet to be determined) will include transport to and from the centre for those living in Kirkby and the surrounding areas and 3 meals per day.

A hair salon, wet room and cinema are just some of the provisions that will be made available to clients in order to enhance the quality of life and encourage a little more independence.  Amanda said:- "My passion is working with people and families living with dementia and our aim and vision for the future is to have respite beds for patients requiring EMI care. I truly believe that this is a much needed service and I hope we can provide the support and care to the highest of standards to those most in need."

For more information or for interviews and pictures please contact Clare Maher via calling:- 07933864162 or sending an email.


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