New dementia care centre to open at Bletchley Park

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A UNIQUE care scheme is planned for Milton Keynes to ensure the safety of people with dementia.

The scheme is led by Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) – a leading provider of affordable housing and related services in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, managing 10,000 properties.

The 34-bedroom scheme, to be sited on the Bletchley Park site, was saved earlier this year when GUHG stepped in at the 11th hour to save the plans which were at risk of collapsing. Since then work on the £3.2 million project has progressed well.

It is set to be complete by August 2012, in time for the first residents to take up the round the clock care provided there.

Phil Mitchinson, GUHG’s group director of corporate development, said: “This is a hugely significant scheme for us, which will provide a vital new strand to the provision of life-changing support to sufferers of dementia and their families in the Milton Keynes area.

“We are very proud to have been able to work so closely with Milton Keynes Council on it and look forward to being able to celebrate jointly when it is complete.”

The need for the scheme was identified by Milton Keynes Council Adult Social Care due to the increasing number of older MK residents with dementia.

It is intended to provide housing for residents with living dementia who have moderate needs, to allow them to live independent lives as possible in a safe supported environment.

The scheme has been made possible thanks to £2.4m of grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Councillor Debbie Brock, cabinet member responsible for adult, older years and health services, said: “This scheme is another first for Milton Keynes.

“It will provide vital support to help people with dementia to continue to live fulfilled lives as independently as possible, but with 24 hour support if they need it.”