Age UK Sheffield has been awarded £581,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to convert the listed old Coach House building in Hillsborough Park into a dementia friendly cafe. The project, with a total cost of around £1 million is intended to support vulnerable people and those who suffer from dementia to meet in a safe and friendly environment. A conservatory and toilets are to be added for access from the park and the cafe with the project projected to create 12-15 permanent jobs in addition to the work in the construction phase. Work is planned to commence in October and to be completed by summer 2021. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Steve Chu, chief executive for Age UK Sheffield.
A group of care workers in Sheffield have left their families and moved into a care home for residents with dementia to help protect them from the coronavirus. At Bridgedale House in Ranmoor, nine staff members have volunteered and moved into the care home full-time, reducing the risk of them infecting the vulnerable residents. Sheffield Live spoke to Lynsey Wright, deputy manager at Bridgedale House.
Sheffield Hospitals Charity has launched a fundraising campaign to help make hospitals in Sheffield more dementia friendly. The charity has set a £200,000 target to be raised in 12 months for improvements that would provide a more comfortable environment for patients especially for those suffering from dementia. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to executive director of the charity David Reynolds.
A new cafe, called Remember When has been opened at Freshville sports and social club to give people living with dementia and their careers a place to relax and reflect. The cafe aims to provide a tailored support, advice and activities following a crowdfunding campaign that helped raise funds to start the business. Sheffield Live reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to founder Ruth Bartles.
The Sheffield Dementia Alliance, responded to a new report by the Lancett Commission, is advising on lifestyle changes that can prevent the incidence of dementia. According to scientists around one third of dementia cases are preventable through improved life choices including continuing education, exercise and addressing middle-aged obesity, high blood pressure and hearing loss. It is estimated that 1.2 million people in England and Wales will be living with dementia by 2040, a 57% increase from 2016 figures largely driven by people living longer. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Katherine Mary Horner from Sheffield Dementia Alliance.
Campaigners who oppose the closure of The Hurlfield View care home for people with dementia have been protesting outside the Town Hall. Last month they presented a 10,000 signature petition to Sheffield City Council. The Council have said they are “one hundred percent confident” there will sufficient pre-bookable respite and day care activities in place from April 2017. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Council has confirmed the controversial closure plan for Hurlfield View dementia centre in Gleadless despite a public campaign to retain the facility. The centre is scheduled to be closed at the end of March after which overnight respite care is to be referred to other care homes across the city and day centre support will be offered through other providers. The Council is in the final stages of procuring new contracts with providers and has promised to release further details later this month. Sheffield Council Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Councillor Cate McDonald the Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care.
Councillor Cate McDonald has defended Sheffield Council’s decision to close the Hurlfield View dementia respite care facility. A petition to save Hurlfield View has reached over five thousand signatures. Petitioners argue that this is the only day services and respite care facility in Sheffield for severely challenging individuals with dementia, including the most complex cases. The cabinet member for health and social care said the decision was “not a cost cutting exercise”. Sheffield City Council is ending the Sheffield Health and Social Trust’s contract to provide dementia services a year earlier than planned. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Organisations and charities across Sheffield who support people with dementia and their families were in the City Hall to offer advice to the public earlier today. The event, organised by Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance, is part of a social movement and aims to help reduce any stigmas around dementia.