Council leader visits care home as part of Dementia Awareness Week

Release Date: 25 May 2018

Newly elected leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Gareth Roberts, this week visited Hampton-based care home ‘Laurel Dene’ as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

Laurel Dene is one of three care homes across the borough run by Care UK and commissioned by the Council’s Adult Services department. Including Greville House in Richmond and White Farm Lodge in Whitton the Council commissions a total of 175 beds. The Council and Care UK jointly invested over £500,000 two years ago in development of specialist residential dementia facilities at Laurel Dene and Greville House.

The event was in support of ‘John’s Campaign’ which is aimed at promoting the importance of relatives in supporting loved ones in care settings and especially giving carers of those living with dementia the right to stay with them in hospital and support their care.

Cllr Roberts said:

“It was great to get out into the community and hear about some of the vital work being done to support people living with dementia in our borough.

“John’s Campaign is an important initiative to help families in the borough stay together when one member of the family has to spend time in hospital.

“We are committed to making our communities more Dementia friendly and will work with our local partners such as our care homes to ensure the best levels of care are provided to people living with dementia and their families.”

Cllr Roberts was joined at the event by Joint Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Liz Jaeger and Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Ben Khosa. 

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Reference: P269/18

Updated: 31 May 2018