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Day centre for people with dementia re-launched

PUBLISHED: 12:25 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:25 01 October 2015

Mayor of Bromley Cllr Kim Botting visited the centre on Tuesday

Mayor of Bromley Cllr Kim Botting visited the centre on Tuesday

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Alzheimer's Society Bromley Day Centre has made a number of improvements including extended opening hours

A pioneering day centre where people living with dementia can take part in activities, including music sessions and exercise, officially re-launched in Bromley on Tuesday.

Alzheimer’s Society Bromley Day Centre, White Gables, has been running for more than 20 years and was one of the first to provide bespoke care for people living with dementia.

The centre has recently undergone changes to make the service even more flexible in order to meet the needs of its users.

The improvements include extended opening hours of 8am until 7pm, seven days a week, to allow people living with dementia to visit the centre beyond standard day care hours.

Tim McLachlan, Alzheimer’s Society Operations Director for London, said: “The one vision we have for this re-launch of this day centre is that it is a home from home, it’s individual and person centred. When you have met one person with dementia you have met one person with dementia. We are all individuals and so are they.”

The re-launch gave those attending an opportunity to tour the building and garden, talk to Alzheimer’s Society staff, and hear from people who use the service.

It also included a visit by the Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kim Botting, who said: “I’m so happy to be able to launch this centre. All the things I’ve seen here today are very good at supporting people with dementia. Everyone is happy and the staff are doing a great job.”

A recent survey by Alzheimer’s Society showed that 85 per cent of people with dementia say that they struggle with isolation, loneliness and depression. The charity’s day care and support services offer a variety of activities to promote physical and mental wellbeing.

Peggy Spinks said: “I would not miss it for the world. When I wake up, I look forward to coming to the centre. I use it three days a week and am lost on the days I don’t come.”

Margaret Lyons, whose mum, Betty, used the centre before moving into a care home, said: “She always came home happy, telling me she has had a good day and she has met some very nice people. Mum is now in a care home and I think her successful transition there is partly down to the team at White Gables who introduced her to the idea of joining in the ‘fun and games’.”

Sarah Colyer, Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in South East London, added: “Being diagnosed with dementia can be a daunting and overwhelming experience but this service offers a calm, social environment in which people with dementia can take part in activities they enjoy and meet new people.

“There are 4,132 people living with dementia in Bromley. With the right support people can live well with the condition.

“The remodelled services at Bromley will build a person-centred, open and trusting relationship with the people who use the service, using life history and information from significant people in the person’s life to help provide a tailored service.”

Set in a spacious house with a large garden, Alzheimer’s Society’s White Gables site offers a wide range of activities and services, including transport, home-cooked meals, music sessions and a ‘pamper room’ including hairdresser, dentist and chiropodist.

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