[This abstract first appeared in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter RWHT Issue 1 August 2010].
A £30 million dementia care centre could be built in Wolverhampton on land previously earmarked for a leisure development and hotel. Plans for the centre – expected to be on the old Metal Castings Factory site near to Waitrose supermarket off Penn Road – feature 60 bedrooms, plus treatment and day centres. Work might begin on the site in late 2012, with the service opening to the public in 2013.
These proposals address concerns about numbers of dementia sufferers in Wolverhampton. The number of sufferers may rise from 3,000 people currently to 4,315 by 2030.
A review of dementia care services will entail families being offered training on how to cope with relatives with the condition. The scheme is to be funded with a private finance initiative through the Department of Health. An outline business case will be submitted to the Department of Health by late August 2010. Detailed design is expected to begin early next year, with the final business case being submitted next summer.
Express & Star. Monday June 21st 2010.