To most people, a Limerick is a humorous poem, but a purpose-built centre for those living with dementia has opened in County Limerick at the cost of €5.5m.
The organisation behind the centre, CareBright, says that the centre will create a “safe, happy and energising environment which will enhance the lives of everyone who experiences the community”.
The centre, focusing on the outdoors, boasts a large kitchen garden, a sensory and remembrance gardens, an animal sanctuary and ‘little road’ style walkways. The centre also boasts community living spaces, including a gym, a salon, a café and a sensory room.
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Sensory rooms are perfect for people, especially those who may have impairment with their sight or hearing or those with anxiety or restricted mobility. ANyone can benefit from a sensory room, to feel free, relaxed and re-energised, this includes those living with dementia. Typically, sensory rooms combine tactile objects, music and gentle light designed to either stimulate or calm.
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With a name like ‘Dementia Café’, having the café (when it opens) being accommodating to people with dementia is paramount. Complete with a sensory room, a purpose-built, dementia friendly building like CareBright’s is exactly what the Dementia Café wants the café to be.
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Article by: Marsha Turner