Jubilee Centre re-opens after dementia-friendly makeover
04 January 2017
We've refurbished the Jubilee Centre in Millennium Court, Waterlooville, making it dementia-friendly.
Creating a dementia-friendly environment
People with dementia often struggle with their vision. Dark places and shadowy corners look like holes, so we’ve put in lights that are twice as bright as normal. And we’ve made the rooms feel more spacious by painting the centre’s walls very lightly.
We’ve made the signs clearer with large words and pictures, so it’s easy for older people to get around. The new furniture is brightly coloured and non-slip, and the carpets are plain so people aren’t disorientated.
How the community will use it
Local charities and community groups will be able to use the Jubilee Centre to hold memory clinics, creative sessions and social groups. This gives older people a chance to socialise together and prevent loneliness.
Wendy Wells, our Housing and Dementia Project Lead said.
“I’d like to thank residents for living with the work while the refurbishment went ahead and for creating the artwork around the centre. I hope they will find a club that suits them in this amazing new space.”
Celebrating in style
Paul Watson, Managing Director of Guinness Care and Support, opened the centre with the Mayor of Havant. He said, “The Jubilee Centre looks fantastic and will be easy for older people to use and feel comfortable in.”
Angel Radio, a leading nostalgia radio station, entertained residents at the opening and interviewed guests about the centre. After lunch, the choir from Mill Hill Primary School sang a selection of Christmas songs.
We made a pledge to become a Dementia-Friendly organisation over six years ago and since then, we’ve significantly improved our processes and knowledge, enabling us to better support our customers living with dementia.
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