Work has started to demolish existing dementia facilities as part of enhancing dementia day care services in Kirklees.
Tilbury Douglas, a UK building, infrastructure, engineering and fit-out business, have started to demolish the existing Knowl Park House building on Crowlees Road in Mirfield this month.
The creation of a new public entrance to Knowl Park is also underway as the existing Knowl Park House entrance requires widening for accessibility purposes.
The new dementia day care facility will include zones for wellbeing, home therapy and activities as well as outdoor space that will house a potting shed and a greenhouse. The space will be flexible to accommodate the physical disability, sensory and mobility needs of service users.
Councillor Musarrat Khan, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “We are investing in the future wellbeing of vulnerable and elderly residents living with dementia and I am pleased to see the start of the outdated facilities being demolished.
“We will use the latest assistive technology to create a new dementia day care facility that is a vital space enabling service users to live well and more independently for longer whilst providing much needed daily respite for their carers.”
The new facility has been designed to reflect dementia design principles as a result of Kirklees Council’s collaboration with the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre.