2020 Liverpool submits day care centre plans

The joint venture between Mouchel and Liverpool City Council is to build a £1m dementia centre next to Sedgemoor Care Home in Norris Green.

The new facility will have capacity to be used by up to 30 people per day. Features will include a 'telecare' suite where staff will be able to fully assess people and identify the most suitable types of technology which can be fitted at home to help them stay safe, such as sensors and warning alarms.

Cllr Roz Gladden, Labour cabinet member for adult social care, said: "This is going to be a superb facility which will offer state-of-the-art support and care for people with dementia and their families. We have an ageing population in Liverpool and all of the evidence shows there is going to be an increased need for this type of facility to help assist those who have dementia. We are moving to a system where we are focused on meeting people's individual needs, rather than having to choose from a fixed menu of social care services."

The centre will also be used for respite and include a sensory room, hobby space where people can take part in arts and crafts and a mini-cinema which will be used to show old film reels to help with cognitive therapy.

It is part of the council's Transformation plan for day care services which will see six health and wellbeing centres created across the city to provide help and support for people.

Outside there will be a fully enclosed garden with allotments and raised beds where people who are interested in gardening will be able to practice their horticulture skills.

The centre is being specially designed so that each area flows in to another so there are no dead ends where people can feel trapped. The ranges of colours and textures used in the building have been specifically chosen to stimulate the senses and memory. There are more than 4,000 older people with dementia in Liverpool today and it is estimated the figure will grow to around 5,300 by 2025.

A planning application for the facility has been submitted, and if approved work is scheduled to start on site in January next year and the centre will open in late summer 2012.

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