Kirklees Council provides day opportunities to help people with complex dementia to continue to live in their own homes and remain as independent as possible for longer.

Day opportunities can give carers or family a break, between Mondays - Friday (dependent on assessment of need) we strive to ensure that we create a friendly environment that helps support the needs of individuals who attend the service.

Facilities
  • Safe, friendly and stimulating environments where people will feel comfortable and at ease
  • Areas in the buildings where you can have a quieter environment if you prefer
  • Areas where you can join in with activities
  • Many quiet areas where you can sit and read or just get away from it all
  • Small lounge where you can listen to music or spend some time in a small group with other service users and staff
  • TV room to watch a Hollywood Musicals, old black and white movies, or news reels from the past
  • Key worker for your individual support.
  • Adapted rooms to enable participation in activities these include reminiscence rooms, tea rooms, sports room, as well as beauty / hair dressing facilities and our own pub.
Healthy, nutritious food

We believe that maintaining a healthy, varied diet is important in your overall wellbeing and physical health. We offer a varied menu and have meals that cover a wide range of dietary and cultural needs.

Refreshments are served throughout the day including a welcome hot drink on arrival, a two course midday meal and a hot drink with a light snack before you go home.

We have spacious and attractive dining rooms which offer the opportunity to dine in comfort in a sociable environment, receiving the level of support appropriate to your individual needs.

Activities

We offer a range of activity programmes on a daily basis these include:

  • Games which help to stimulate your physical and mental wellbeing
  • Arts and crafts
  • Quizzes
  • Sing-a-longs
  • Music and dance therapy
  • Reminiscence therapy
  • Reminiscing using the touch screen computer.
  • Morning exercises
  • Hairdressing salon (there is a charge for this service)
  • Beauty room - genuine spa experience
  • Gardening - growing a variety of plants and vegetables
  • Workshop room
  • Knit and Natter

We also arrange events and outings to the local and wider community. We encourage people to maintain hobbies or learn new skills.

However if you do not wish to join in any of the activities, there are a number of quiet areas which you can use to chat with friends or staff or read. We also have a library which can be used in the quiet areas.

The activities are designed to meet the needs of the individual which have been highlighted in their care plan reflecting our person centred approach to care.

Pampering and wellbeing

At both the Homestead and Knowl Park House we offer a range of therapies to help promote wellbeing.

Our hairdresser visits our hairdressing salon twice a week to provide perms, cuts or a wash and set.

We also have a beauty room offering a genuine spa experience that is relaxing and peaceful and encourages a real sense of peace and tranquility. You can enjoy a manicure, hand massage or have a foot spa.

Arts and Crafts

We try to ensure everyone always has a good time in the arts and crafts area and are always proud of the work they produce, which you can often see displayed around our building.

Taking part in arts and crafts encourages participation as well as helping to maintain existing skills and learning new ones. It requires concentration and coordination and also gives a sense of satisfaction when artwork is completed.

Transport

You can provide your own transport, or access ours. We will organise pick up and drop off times and inform you and your carer about the details.

Cost

There is a charge for our day service. Depending on your situation you may be able to receive some help, there are small charges for transport and meals, however your social worker will explain this before you start day opportunities and also for some of the activities that you may access each week.

No smoking policy

Smoking is not allowed, in any part of our building. However, if you are a smoker, you can smoke in the garden areas.

Arrange a visit

Our management team will be delighted to give you a tour of our facilities and discuss your needs with you in more detail. A personal visit is the best way to really see what is on offer here.

Contact Gateway to care for more information or to arrange a visit.

Venues

Kirklees Council runs two day centres Knowl Park House, Mirfield and The Homestead in Almondbury, Huddersfield.

Knowl Park House

The Homestead