Dementia funding benefit for Doncaster extra care

Two Housing 21 extra care schemes in Doncaster are set to benefit from £200,000 in funding to create dementia-friendly care environments as part of a major Department of Health pilot scheme.

The funding will be used to redesign the communal areas at Charles Court in Armthorpe and Rokeby Gardens in Kirk Sandall to enable people with dementia to stay as independent as possible in a safe environment. There will also be investment into external provisions including summer houses, greenhouses and raised planters.

An assessment tool will be used to develop the environment and residents, families and other stakeholders will be involved. The learning from this work will then be taken forward for a new purpose-built unit which Housing 21 is developing in Edlington, Doncaster.

The funding for the extra care schemes is part of a successful grant of £1million that was awarded to Doncaster as one of 116 projects nationally that will share the £500m funding from the Department of Health. The bid for the funding was made jointly by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster Council, and Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

Donna Holmes, Locality Manager North East 4, said: "Our residents at Charles Court and Rokeby Gardens are very pleased to hear this news. I'm so excited that these two schemes are going to benefit from this fantastic initiative. I look forward seeing the results of the dementia-friendly care environment."

The £1m funding for Doncaster is one of the largest grants being awarded as part of the national scheme, which aims to create dementia-friendly pilot sites that other areas can learn from.

Councillor Pat Knight, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board in Doncaster, which is overseeing the dementia-friendly communities work, said: “This is fantastic news for people living with dementia in Doncaster and their families. Our £200,000 grant will pay for improved extra care facilities at Charles Court in Armthorpe and Rokeby Gardens in Kirk Sandal. This is a great example of Doncaster leading the way. Through successful partnership working we are working towards our vision of making all communities dementia friendly.”