Derbyshire authority will use NHS cash to build dementia centre

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By Andrew Smith| Plans for a new specialist care centre to aid dementia sufferers in Derbyshire are symptomatic of changes taking place across the country. Set to open in the summer of 2004, the £5.5 million dementia care resource centre in Mackworth, Derby, is a joint venture between Derby City Council and Derbyshire Mental Health NHS Trust. It will offer 18 specialist nursing beds and 22 residential home beds. Mick Connell, assistant director (community care) at Derby City Council social services said the new centre was an example of the way provision for elderly people was moving from the general to the more specialised. “This is part of a general overall change in policy,” Mr Connell said. “Where possible, when a current home is not able to be developed further, we are looking at a best option of replacing it, either with increased community based services or with more specialised residential and nursing care.” The new dementia care resource centre will be based on the site of the former council owned L

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