Published Wednesday, 03 November 2021
People impacted by dementia have been helping with a citywide consultation on proposals to transform the Maymorn Day Centre in Holbrooks into a Coventry Dementia Hub.
The Alzheimer’s Society (pictured at one of their virtual focus group meetings) have been playing their part in designing what the new hub could look like.
Despite the restrictions placed on them due to COVID it did not stop the scale of ideas coming from the group.
The social isolation created because of the pandemic highlighted more than ever the need for a social space for people living with Dementia.
The Council-run Maymorn Centre in Holbrooks is a Monday to Friday day service for people with advanced Dementia.
However, prior to the pandemic, the number of people using the service had gradually reduced and the centre is currently open two days a week for a smaller number of spaces with a view to increase to three days subject to demand.
During the pandemic, the Council reviewed all day service provisions, exploring ways in which it could develop the service to better meet the needs of people living with dementia and their carers.
We engaged with a number of organisations including the Alzheimer’s Society, people with dementia and their carers to seek their views on what was needed for Coventry and the vision below was created based on their feedback.
A single hub as the ‘go to’ place for people with dementia and their carers. The hub would:
- be a ‘one stop’ shop for advice and support, to reconnect with others
- be a base for a number of organisations involved in providing a service to people with dementia
- provide services on and off site
- have a single phone number covered by one organisation who would have the full directory of services and support available in order to signpost and refer people as appropriate.
- support a much wider cohort of people with dementia, from younger adults/early onset dementia to those with memory issues without a diagnosis of dementia.
- provide a social space for people to meet and interact based around a café
Cllr Mal Mutton, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “This is an opportunity to create something important for people impacted by this disease and I hope you can take the time to respond to this consultation.”
“We want people to get the best support we can provide so that they can as fulfilling a life as possible.”
The deadline for responses is December 12