Dementia Centre Set To Open
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