Day care to fill gap in services

jpco-11-12-13 New day care centre opening at Ifield Park Care Home (Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco-11-12-13 New day care centre opening at Ifield Park Care Home (Pic by Jon Rigby)

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A new dementia day care centre will open in Ifield in the new year.

Ifield Park Care Home, in Rusper Road, is converting part of its administration office in Hoyland House, in to a day care centre for patients with dementia.

Jo Stovold, care home general manager, said the new centre would open in January.

She added: “Something we have been made aware of is the acute lack of care services in Crawley, particularly for people with dementia.”

The centre will be provided from the ground floor of a large Victorian building set within the grounds of the care home which has been open for nearly 60 years.

The £25,000 conversion project has mostly been funded through grants.

The new centre will be in-keeping with the recent push from the Crawley Dementia Alliance to make Crawley a dementia friendly town.

Although many patients at the home have dementia, Jo hoped to provide a service for other people with the day care centre.

She said: “We will be providing a hot lunch, home made cake and tea and a huge number of activities, massage and hand pampering, arts and crafts, quizzes, movement to music, outings, trips.

“They will also have access to all our usual services such as a hair dresser, chiropodist and a bathing service.”

Jo added that she would remain open minded about providing the service for patients with conditions other than dementia if there was a demand. To find out more call 01293 594200 or visit: www.ifieldparkcarehome.co.uk/