A new Dementia Café at Kingsclear Care Home in Camberley was officially opened by The Rt Hon Michael Gove on Friday.
Mr Gove, who is Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and constituency MP for Surrey Heath, visited the luxury care home and cut the ribbon to officially open Foxglove Café. He also spent time touring the home, learning about the care provided including to those people living with dementia, chatting with residents and meeting the care team led by home manager Caroline Walker.
On cutting the ribbon he said; “Thank you to everyone for inviting me along, thank you to everyone who works here for the amazing care. I have been told that Government cuts are a bad thing but on this occasion I am very, very happy to be making a cut and being here with you all to officially open Foxglove Café at Kingsclear.
Home Manager Caroline Walker said; “Mr Gove enjoyed a tour of our home, meeting residents in their rooms and at breakfast. He was especially interested in the memory boxes which we have outside the bedrooms and also in the badger watch cameras which we have set up to keep an eye on the badger family who have made a home in the grounds.”
Foxglove Café has been launched in conjunction with The Alzheimer’s Society to support those living with dementia and their families to provide support, guidance and an understanding of the emotions that they may be going through. The café aims to support all residents, their families and the whole of the Surrey Heath and Sandhurst communities.
Fay Freemantle, from the Alzheimer’s Society added: “Part of our strategy is to get out into the community and meet those people who have an interest in dementia. Kingsclear is a beautiful home which we are proud to be working with and it is lovely that it is opening its doors to the community in this way. Anybody is welcome to visit the Foxglove Café which will start as a monthly drop-in but we will look to increase if we need to.”
Caring Homes remain the only care home provider in the sector to provide all colleagues award winning and accredited specialist in-house dementia training. The training ‘My World’ was awarded the Princess Royal Training Award in 2016 and is accredited by the City and Guilds. It offers 4 levels being; Living in My World, Understanding My World, Supporting My World and Food in My World. It also supports and encourages champions across 64 homes who provide Dementia Awareness Seminars for residents, relatives and local communities.
The Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today. Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops it every three minutes and there’s currently no cure.
Kingsclear Care Home with Nursing is situated in the affluent suburb of Camberley. Our home provides luxurious interior designed accommodation for 90 people specialising in the provision of outstanding nursing, residential and dementia care within its beautiful modern facilities. Arranged over 3 floors and designed to the highest specification, our aim is to provide unique and personalised assistance to each individual in idyllic and tranquil accommodation. Our home is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens with several rooms on the lower ground floor having access to the gardens from their private patio areas.
For more information about Kingsclear and Foxglove Café call 0808 223 5524