08:35AM, Friday 26 July 2013
New 'life-changing' dementia care is on its way to the Royal Borough after the council announced it has secured £847,000 of government funding.
The money follows a succesful bid by the borough which will upgrade 17 residential and nursing homes and two day centres across the area.
The money comes from a £50m Department of Health fund which will be used to make life better for residents by providing high standards of care facilities across care homes.
Cllr David Coppinger, cabinet member for adult services and health, said the new funding would be potentially life-changing for dementia sufferers .
He added: "We want all the homes to be centres of best practice where residents and service users will feel at home, comfortable in their surroundings and where everything around them will help reduce agitation and enable them to be happier and more independent."
The borough's bid to the Department for Health was one of only 74 out of 259 to be selected from councils across the country.
The cash will be used to fund changes including new IT equipment, colour-coded bathrooms and toilets, and improved accessibility to toilets for wheelchair users.
All 17 homes involved are registered with the Care Quality Commission for providing dementia care.