Dementia care home opens in Wallsend

A £6.2 million specialist dementia care home has welcomed its first residents in Wallsend.

The Eothen Homes facility, which was opened by Lord Curry of Kirkharle and Councillor Cath Davis, deputy chairman of North Tyneside Council, is the region’s newest and most advanced specialist care home for people living with dementia, News Guardian reports.

Eothen Homes chief executive Jenny Hearl said: “Our Wallsend home was designed with the latest research into living with dementia at its heart.

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“We’ve also worked closely with training organisation Dementia Care Matters to create a ground-breaking model of care, where each person’s quality of life is the top priority, with relationship-centred support involving their family and friends.”

The home includes four properties with a kitchen, lounge and dining area, each providing accommodation for 13 people.

It also includes one-bedroom flats to rent for people over 65 who want to live independently or who have a spouse living in the home.

The ‘butterfly’ approach to care is adopted that places people, rather than tasks and schedules, at the centre of activity. Residents are encouraged to be independent and adopt their own daily schedules with staff on hand to provide support.

Reminiscence areas are provided in the home and grounds to evoke fond memories.

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