Supporting people living with dementia and their carers

We're excited to share plans to replace the existing facilities that serve people living with dementia and their carers across north Kirklees.

Over the last year we have been working with social care and health professionals, the wider community, service users and their carers to listen to their thoughts which have directly helped to shape the improvement plans.

The existing service has served the community well since it was initially opened, but the existing building is no longer fit for purpose and future needs.

The newly developed site will include state-of-the-art facilities including a wellbeing zone, activity zone, a home therapy zone as well as a sensory garden.

In addition, the site will also have facilities to provide a variety of support to help people with a range of disabilities to continue to live at home as independently as possible for longer. In the interim we are calling this our "Centre of Excellence".

Timeline

Please note timelines are subject to change, these are for guidance purposes only.

Timeline for Knowl Park house, Mirfield
Date Event
August 2021 Service transfers to alternative premises
Winter 2021/22 Demolition and construction of new build
Winter 2022/23 Service returns to new premises

Throughout the building phase the service will be transferring to alternative premises in Heckmondwike (Crescent Dale) to enable continuity of service for service users and to ensure their carers continue to benefit from taking regular breaks in their caring roles.

Supporting information

About the improved facilities

Knowl Park House has been designed to be a modern, fit for purpose, flexible day centre. It will cater for up to 25 people living with dementia each day (currently Mon-Fri). Plans are in place to expand the service offer with potential to open the facilities on evenings and weekends to enable more people to receive support.

The new facilities will incorporate design features to give maximum flexibility and be fully inclusive. Kirklees Council have been working collaboratively with The University of Stirling Dementia Services Design Centre (DSDC) throughout to ensure the facilities incorporate dementia design principles and meet the DSDC dementia design standards.

The mix of spaces has been developed to ensure the service is accessible for all existing and new service users. It will meet the need of people living with dementia with a variety of needs including those with physical disabilities, sensory needs and mobility needs.

The new facility will continue to be run and managed by Kirklees Council and will continue to support people from across north Kirklees.

Plans

View planning application details:

Knowl Park House planning application details

Facilities

The new dementia day service will include the following facilities:

  • Home Therapy Zone; incorporating a homely open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area.
  • Activity Zone; incorporating a large arts and crafts room.
  • Wellbeing Zone; incorporating a sensory and cinema room and a spa.
  • Each zone will also incorporate the latest assistive technology including sensory lighting and sound systems. Ceiling tracking will also be incorporated into key areas and hygiene rooms.

    Each zone will have access to the outdoor area, for example the garden next to the home therapy zone will include a greenhouse, potting shed and raised beds and the garden outside the wellbeing zone will include an exercise area and a water feature.

    Rooms are connected to the private rear garden area by full length glazed windows in the extra wide corridors to ensure people are encouraged to make use of the improved outdoor area for outdoor sensory experiences and to improve their wellbeing.

    Outdoor space will incorporate more outdoor lighting, improved pathways, plenty of seating, a gazebo, a garden pod, an outside AWC and will incorporate handrails throughout.

Accessibility

Knowl Park House has been designed to meet the needs of new and existing service users.

The new facilities will incorporate improvements to the environment to improve accessibility, for example, improvements to enhance lighting levels, improvements to signage to aid way finding, improvements to acoustics and improvements to ensure different surfaces have improvements to contrast.

Flexibility

The spaces have been designed to ensure they give maximum flexibility and so they can be adapted to meet future needs relatively easily should trends and demands change.