New respite rooms for a Kirkham Care Home

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Milbanke Home for Older People in Kirkham has launched a new service for people with dementia.

The county council run home has opened four new rooms, which have been specially designed to offer a homely environment to support people living with the condition.

These respite rooms can be booked by carers when they need a break from their role. People can use the rooms for short periods of time for up to two weeks.

Rooms provide a safe environment and have been decorated with features that help people to feel more at home during their stay. These include comfy chairs and furnishings and space for people to display photographs.

Creating this environment is important for people with dementia as immediate surroundings can have a huge impact on their quality of life.

This new service begins as the county council launches its new dementia strategy this week.

County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: "Milbanke is an important part of the local care system.

"Research shows that respite rooms such as these make a difference as people who use them get the opportunity to become involved in new activities, while being able to personalise the rooms to ensure they feel at home during their stay.

"The respite team at Milbanke are superb and fully trained to support people with dementia. They get to know the people they're supporting and their families to ensure they can plan activities and support to fit in with their needs, hobbies and interests.

"The service benefits carers, who are able to take a break from their role for a short time.

"These new rooms add to the superb facilities at Milbanke, which is rated as 'good' by the Care Quality Commission.

"The service has also recently won a Care Catering Award and Food for Life Silver Catering Mark for serving fresh, healthy meals made with locally sourced organic ingredients.

"We're launching our new Dementia Friendly Lancashire strategy this week, and this is a great example of the innovative ways we're supporting people who are living with the condition."

To book a respite room or find out more about the services on offer at Milbanke, call 01772684836 or email

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