New dementia café is opened

Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne (left) opens a new cafe at Swan Lodge and Hunter Hall at Howdon and he is seen with Manager Ruth Todd and Coun Chairman Coun Tommy Mulvenna.'REF 2003151060

Ray Laidlaw of Lindisfarne (left) opens a new cafe at Swan Lodge and Hunter Hall at Howdon and he is seen with Manager Ruth Todd and Coun Chairman Coun Tommy Mulvenna.'REF 2003151060

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A new cafe has opened to help people in the borough with dementia.

Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw was among the guests to open The Tyne Teas Pitstop, created by Four Seasons at its Howdon Care Centre.

Our dementia café will give residents the opportunity to spend quality time with their families in a calm setting, which will help to enhance their wellbeing.

Ruth Todd, home manager

He was joined by North Tyneside Council chairman Tommy Mulvenna and Amanda Cunningham, MD for Four Seasons in the north east.

Open every day, the café will provide a relaxing environment for residents to sit with their loved ones and enjoy tea and light refreshments, and has been decorated to reflect the history of the area.

Ruth Todd, home manager, said: “Our dementia café will give residents the opportunity to spend quality time with their families in a calm setting, which will help to enhance their wellbeing. It will also provide a space in which people can learn more about dementia and receive any support they might need.”

The café will also be a place where residents and their families can learn more about dementia.

Members of the home’s staff who are experienced in dementia care, together with representatives from Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK will be on-hand to provide information and there will also be books for children to learn more about dementia.

In addition, the café will hold two open days each month to offer advice and support for people from the local community who may be moving into the care home and their relatives.

Hunter Hall & Swan Lodge Care Home have joined together as Howdon Care Centre in order to provide a wide range of services, including specialised dementia care, residential care and palliative care.