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Dementia care centre moves one step closer

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

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PLANS for a multi-million pound dementia care ‘centre for excellence’ in Burton have moved a step closer.

Bosses at Staffordshire County Council are proposing to create a state-of-the-art centre in the town and expect to name the confirmed partner to deliver the project next month.

The plans will see residents and staff from Hillfield House, in Stretton, transfer to the facility when it is completed at an as-yet unnamed site in the town in 2017.

Alan White (pictured), Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for care, said the centre will be able to offer dedicated specialist care for residents and their families at every stage.

He said: “As a county council, we are committed to ensuring residents have access to the support they need to lead as fulfilled and independent lives for as long as possible, and this is very much about getting the right mix of specialist care and support in the community.

“We very much recognise the devastating impact dementia can have, not only on individuals but on their family and friends, and I am pleased that we will soon have a dedicated centre which will help ensure residents get the best care possible throughout their condition.”

Hillfield House was built in the 1960s and is in need of investment, but council chiefs have instead opted for a brand new building.

The county council is continuing to explore options for dementia care in other parts of the county.

Councillor White added: “Over the coming months we will be sharing more details about these exciting proposals with staff, residents and their families and are confident we have found a partner which shares our vision to deliver the new centre to meet the modern-day needs of people with dementia.”

Work is due to start next summer.

The centre will be designed to offer the finest through-life care for dementia patients, reducing the need for them to be transferred from residential care to specialist units as their condition deteriorates.

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