PLANS for a centre of excellence to try to tackle the problem of dementia in Burton have moved a step closer after a preferred bidder for the project was announced.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet moved ahead with the proposals for the state-of-the-art scheme by approving the consortium Symphony as the preferred bidder to develop the project in Burton.
It has also been revealed that if the plans do go ahead, the centre will open in 2017.
Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for care, said the new centre would provide a huge opportunity to offer specialist support and community care to residents and their families as their condition changes over time.
He said: “For the first time, residents will be able to access community support, specialist care and nursing in one place at the heart of the community.
“The hubs will offer facilities such as a café, dementia clinics and an advice centre to help ensure residents are very much part of their local community every step of the way.”
Once open the centres will see residents benefit from wider and more flexible choice of care as their condition changes, together with community access to facilities such as dementia clinics, an advice centre, cafe and an information hub for staff, visitors and members of the wider community.
The centres will offer support to more residents to help meet the projected growing demand for dementia care, with places for residents increasing from 109 to 135.
The plans will also see residents and staff from Hillfield House, in Stretton, transfer to the new centre of excellence.
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.”