Truro and Falmouth MP to open Cornwall’s newest dementia facility

News posted

23rd January 2012

Cornwall’s newest dementia facility is to be officially opened by Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton.

Mrs Newton will be spending time at The Penlee Unit, an integral part of Roseland Parc Retirement Village, in Tregony, near Truro, meeting staff and the first residents, and unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion on Wednesday, May 25th.

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 of Roseland Parc three years ago, it was left empty. Now, after six months of renovation and remodelling work, the specialist unit has emerged – and the first residents are enjoying the state of the art surroundings. The Unit offers a safe, secure and comfortable environment for those living with dementia. It features a reminiscence sitting room, decorated much as a war-time room would have been – a reflection of the fact many dementia sufferers have very vivid childhood memories and feel comfortable in those surroundings. There is also an enclosed sensory garden.

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.