Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Construction begins on £1m Whitton Homelink Day Centre for people with dementia

Thanks to funding from the Council, Department of Health and Homelink, the Homelink Day Centre in Whitton is being totally rebuilt to provide a state-of the-art, dementia-friendly centre for people with dementia and their carers.

Homelink is a nurse-led centre for adults who have physical and mental health needs. Based in St Augustines Vicarage, Hospital Bridge Road, Twickenham, Homelink provides day respite care for local residents to give their carers a well deserved break. Homelink Day Respite Care Centre complements the existing dementia care at Woodville Centre in Ham which is already provided by the Council.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, Cllr David Marlow, said:

“Richmond upon Thames will soon have one of the best care environments for people with dementia in the country. The Council greatly values the support the Homelink Day Centre has given to people with dementia over the years and they thoroughly deserve this investment. Supporting our most vulnerable residents is a priority for the Council and we will always do what we can to help organisations such as Homelink.”

Chief Operations Officer at Homelink Day Respite Centre, Sue Hodder, added:

“We are particularly looking forward to having additional space and rooms in which treatments and activities that both clients and their carers can utilise. The design will incorporate specialist lighting, colour schemes, equipment and acoustics that research has proven will enhance the wellbeing of all our clients and in particular those with dementia. The sensory garden will also provide an additional space for clients and their carers to enjoy and from which they will benefit.”