Experts award Staveley centre full marks for dementia care

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A COMMUNITY care centre which opened its doors 18 months ago has notched up a top award from dementia experts.

Derbyshire County Council’s Staveley Centre is the first community care centre of its kind in the county and provides specialist services for older people in its tailor-made dementia-friendly building.

Dementia experts from the University of Stirling visited the building in Calver Crescent, Middlecroft, and carried out a detailed audit.

They looked at a number of areas including how well it supported people with dementia to have independence and control over their lives and whether it made it easy for people with dementia to be part of the community within the centre.

As well as offering high quality care, the design has been a key priority to the development’s success, from the initial planning and layout of the building to the selection of interior and exterior décor, furnishings and fittings. All have been designed or chosen to help people with dementia orientate themselves in the building and there are even signs and prompts to help people find their way around.

The Gold Standard is given to those organisations that score at least 75% against essential and recommended measures, and the Staveley Centre scored 94%.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones said: “It is important to us that our first community care centre has achieved this Gold Standard.

“It demonstrates our clear commitment to providing the best possible care and support to the growing number of people with dementia and it sets the standard we will take forward in the design of our second centre in Swadlincote.

“We are very proud of this and everyone involved from the design and development stage to the day-to-day running of the centre has helped to achieve this high standard.”

Since opening in March 2010 the Staveley Centre has established itself as a focal point for delivering services for older people in the area, placing an emphasis on specialist residential care for people living with dementia, preventing unnecessary hospital stays, providing respite care and support for carers.

The centre also offers health and wellbeing information and advice services, treatment rooms, a hair salon, an activity space and a meeting room for local groups and businesses to use and hire.

There is also a café/bistro called The Croft which has free WIFI access available for the community and users of the centre.

Derbyshire County Council’s second community care centre is being built in Church Street, Swadlincote, alongside an extra care village. The scheme- Oakland Village – is being built in partnership with South Derbyshire District Council and the Trident Group.

Work is already underway on the £20 million scheme which is due to open its doors in summer 2012.