New day centre opens its doors

Staff and friends of Minerva House at the official opening
Staff and friends of Minerva House at the official opening

PEOPLE living with dementia and their families will be given greater support thanks to a new day centre.

Hartlepool social care and housing charity, the Hospital of God, aims to help more people in east Durham after launching a service at Minerva House, in Horden.

Managers say it is part of the charity’s drive to help more people as demand for dementia care is on the increase.

The centre in St Mary’s Court will provide day care services for dementia, support for their carers and one-to-one-support in the community.

David Granath, director of the Hospital of God, based in Greatham, said: “We see it as part of our charity’s mission to help people in Hartlepool and east Durham and hopefully Minerva House is a symbol of that.

“As people live longer it means there is more chance of them developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.”

The Hospital of God moved into Minerva House after previously providing dementia services from Glendale House, in Blackhall.

But the council-owned residential care home closed around a year ago and the charity started looking for new premises.

Mr Granath added: “It is definitely an improved building and we are offering more services as well.

“We are also developing new services in other areas and hopefully, this will be the first of many.”

One of the centre’s services is a community pastimes project where people with dementia can enjoy a favourite hobby or a trip to the shops, theatre or the beach.

It will also provide support and advice through informal memory lane cafes.

Gail Defty, care services manager at the centre said: “We aim to provide flexible, person-centred services that help people with dementia to remain as independent in the community and in their own homes for as long as possible.”

The Hospital of God also runs dementia day centres in Hartlepool, Wheatley Hill and Seaham.