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Northfleet dementia hub ‘will help people remain independent’

PUBLISHED: 09:26 10 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 May 2016

The dementia hub will provide information and support for people with the condition

The dementia hub will provide information and support for people with the condition

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A new hub is being created to support people with the condition

A charity is to set up a dementia hub in Northfleet to make it easier for people with the condition to access support.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services aims to create a ‘one-stop shop’ for those with dementia, which will enable them to live well and remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

The charity plans to create a community cafe within the facility, a sensory experience area for people further down the road after diagnosis, and additional services such as hairdressing and alternative therapies.

Development coordinator Joanne Wood said the facility would ensure people receive ‘reasonable, sound advice’ even when they are in the later stages of the illness

“We are trying to break down barriers between the healthcare professionals and the person themselves, because it is a minefield once they receive the diagnosis,” she said.

“The worst place to go is Google. We want people to come and have a cup of coffee and get the information they need at the time they need it.”

The dementia hub will supplement the community services the charity already runs, including a 24-hour dementia helpline, day care, and support for families and carers.

The charity aims to ensure people with the condition remain independent for as long as possible.

“With dementia, you get the gradual rolling back, so if people have lived in a house for a long time they will feel the safest there and the family will find it easier to cope with the later stages of dementia,” Mrs Wood said.

She added that the physical effect of interacting with people can be beneficial for people even in the later stages of the disease, and the hub will provide a welcoming place in which to do so.

The Hub will be called Safe Harbour and will be located in the old Age UK day centre next to Northfleet Library.

A lease has been secured for three years, and fundraising is being carried out on an option to purchase.

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