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Wirral to pilot schemes supporting people with dementia
Government cash has been secured to create pioneering "dementia-friendly environments" at two Rock Ferry residential homes.
The Court Nursing Home, and Summerfields Residential Home specialise in caring for people with dementia. They put together their successful bids for funding with the support of Wirral Council.
Councillor Christine Jones, Wirral’s cabinet member for social care, said: "Wirral will benefit from these two bids which were a success, despite the fact that the programme was greatly oversubscribed nationally."
The initiative aims to create care environments to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.
A council spokesman said: “It will follow findings in research by The King’s Fund which demonstrates that good design can help with the management of dementia.
“People with dementia, for example, are less likely to get confused or become distressed within an environment designed with their needs in mind.
"Examples include an intelligent use of colour to mark out different areas to aid memory, clearer signage and the opportunity to take part in meaningful activities.”
Local authorities working with social care providers and the NHS were invited to bid for a share of £50m funding to invest in improved care to help people with dementia, and for their carers manage their condition better.
The two projects in Wirral form part of a national pilot to spread best practice across the social care system.
The findings and evidence will be used to develop future guidance and help organisations and commissioners providing services to people with dementia.
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