River Clyde Homes to open dementia-friendly homes

River Clyde Homes’ (RCH) new development at the former St Stephen’s High School site in Port Glasgow includes its first specially designed dementia-friendly homes.

The 24 flats will be specially adapted to provide a dementia-friendly environment for customers who may be experiencing early-onset dementia. The aim is to enable those with early-onset dementia to continue to live as independently as possible within the community for as long as possible.

Elaine Cannon, service improvement manager at River Clyde Homes, said: “RCH is delighted to be able to provide specially designed dementia-friendly homes at our St. Stephen’s development and we have been working closely with a number of partner agencies. We are looking forward to welcoming customers to our new homes which have a range of dementia-friendly finishes including a sensory garden.”

The firm expects the flats to be available to let around December 2021/January 2022, although they may be ready sooner.

Dementia-friendly adaptations include:

  • Colour contrasting floors and walls on each landing
  • Individually coloured flat entrance doors
  • Visually identifiable hot and cold taps
  • Different coloured toilet seat from sanitary ware
  • Clear fronted kitchen wall and base units
  • Level access showers to some flats
  • sensory garden adjacent to the block
  • Lift access to all floors
  • Estate caretaking service

Properties will be open to single person or couple households where one or both persons have had a diagnosis of early onset dementia. 

Referrals will also be accepted via HSCP or voluntary care organisations.

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