Cornwall’s newest dementia facility welcomes first residents

News posted

23rd January 2012

The first residents have moved into the area’s newest specialist dementia facility.

The Penlee Unit is the latest addition to Roseland Parc Retirement Village, in Tregony, near Truro, and offers a safe, secure and comfortable environment for those living with dementia.

The Grade II Listed building which houses the Penlee Unit was formerly Penlee Nursing Home. When the residents moved to the new purpose built facility in the grounds three years ago, it was left empty. Now, after six months of renovation and remodelling work, the specialist unit as emerged – and the first residents are enjoying the state of the art surroundings. It will be officially opened in May by Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton.

“We have taken advice to ensure the Unit meets the very specific requirements that make people living with dementia feel comfortable while ensuring their safety and security at all times,” said Paul Walsh, the Managing Director of Retirement Village’s Care and Operations Division. “For many people suffering with dementia, childhood memories are very vivid. For that reason we have created a reminiscence sitting room, decorated much as a war-time home may have been. There is also a multi-sensory room to help stimulate and relax.”

The Unit has 18 private bedrooms all with en suite facilities. While some services are shared with the neighbouring retirement village, the specially trained staff all work exclusively within the Unit. There are also a number of specialists who provide targeted care including a psychologist, occupational therapist, music therapist and physiotherapist.

“Everything about The Penlee Unit has been carefully thought out to ensure our residents have the surroundings and care they deserve,” said Paul.

The Unit, set in the landscaped grounds of Roseland Parc, a retirement village featuring a range of living options.