A Safe and loving Environment for Vulnerable People with Dementia
On Monday August 3rd, after over 4 months of lockdown, the much-loved Hunter Centre Haslemere re-opens. The Centre provides Day Care for those with dementia and support for their families. During lockdown Local MP Jeremy Hunt accepted Patronage of the Centre and says :
“I’m honoured to be asked to become a Patron of the Hunter Centre and delighted that we are in a position to safely reopen the facility which is such a lifeline to so many people living with and affected by dementia. Ever since the formation of the charity, I have been struck by the compassion, professionalism and true determination to operate this brilliant facility - Haslemere is very lucky to have the Hunter Centre.”
Clients arrived on the doorstep on Monday and stepped into a newly refurbished building – completely sanitised to protect their health. Centre Operations Manager Elaine Clement explains how careful she and her staff need to be with their daily cleaning routine. They have received advice from the Government Director of Infection Control (including temperature checks) in order to create a safe environment for their clients, their staff and the carers who drop off and pick up.
Jill Sandham, a carer says ‘My husband Hugh was attending the Hunter Centre two days a week before lockdown. The last 4 months have been hard for people with dementia – regular trips out, seeing people and mental stimulation all help to keep the brain active . I have definitely noticed this affecting Hugh, who has become more withdrawn and frustrated. He has hardly seen anyone but me or gone out of the home. Most of all he has missed the regular fantastic activities and enjoyment which he gets from the Centre. And I have missed the weekly welcome breaks from caring which enable me to do a bit of work, and see friends and family and have a rest. We are both so delighted it is reopening’
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