New Dementia Centre opens at St Anne’s, Digbeth
Following months of careful planning, a new Dementia Care Centre has now opened at St Anne`s Centre in Digbeth-under the auspices of Birmingham Irish Association.
The Dementia Centre, which will care for members of the Irish community in the Birmingham area is believed to be one of the first dedicated units of it’s kind in this country.
At present the Centre is open two days per week-Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-3pm but in the coming months other opening days will be added to the existing service.
Yvonne Price, whose Irish roots include Kildare, co ordinates the many volunteers at BIA and was tasked with setting up the new Dementia Centre which is based in the main function room at St Anne’s. Yvonne’s hard work, dedication and skills shone through when the opening day went without a hitch.
Yvonne said, “We have a wonderful team of volunteers now working in the centre and quite honestly I would never have been able to achieve all this without them.”
In charge of the day to day running of the new centre is mother and daughter team Yvonne and Shelley Elliott whose Irish roots are in Dublin and Belfast.
The centre not only offers a home from home environment for Dementia sufferers but also respite for family and carers. Hot meals and refreshments are served throughout the day, special furnishings have been installed to add to the cosy atmosphere and an old style radio, cassette and CDplayer provides lots of Irish nostaglic music and song.
If clients cannot be brought by car or public transport, BIA’s Fr. Joe Taaffe Memorial mini bus can collect and return clients from their homes or care homes.
Further details from Birmingham Irish Association on 0121 604 6111.