A Cheshire care home says it has been “incredibly disheartened” by disturbances caused by local youths.
A small number of young people have been reported to have been abusing and mocking residents at the Belong Macclesfield care village.
Caroline Ray, General Manager at Belong Macclesfield, commented: “It is incredibly disheartening that a small number of young people have been disturbing our residents from the boundary of our care village on Kennedy Avenue.”
Caroline said police had stepped up patrols in the area to protect residents from further disturbances.
She added: “At Belong, we believe that educating young people and promoting intergenerational relationships builds understanding and respect for older people and those living with dementia. As a result of providing numerous work placements and other experiential opportunities, we have excellent relationships with young people and we have reached out to our contacts at nearby schools to partner in an awareness campaign and to encourage their students to become ‘dementia friends’.
“We hope the disturbance is an isolated incident and also extend our gratitude to our neighbours for their continued support.”
Belong Macclesfield provides specialist dementia care and accommodation for up to 72 people in six separate households of between 11 and 13 over three floors.