Dementia Support were delighted to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to open their new dementia support centre: Sage House on Tuesday 8th May.
HRH The Countess of Wessex was accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, and greeted at Sage House by Anthony Wickins, Dementia Support Chairman and Founder, and Sally Tabbner, Chief Executive, and local dignitaries.
Her Royal Highness was taken around Sage House, to see the various dementia support services and to meet customers, carers, volunteers, members of staff, trustees, and key people involved in the project.
A key area Her Royal Highness visited was the Memory Assessment and Information Zone where she heard about the memory assessment process and took part in a discussion about the Sage House Wayfinding Service, and the benefits of receiving good advice and emotional support throughout the dementia journey.
The visit then moved on to the Care and Activities Zone where the charity provides dementia wellbeing sessions and day care. Here The Countess spoke in depth with each person living with dementia, and their families and carers.
To conclude her visit to Sage House, The Countess unveiled a commemorative plaque to officially open the facility. She was presented with a posy of flowers by Edward Page (aged 9), Bella Page (aged 6) who live in Tangmere and both chose the name ‘Daisy’s Café’ for Sage House’s community café, in honour of their great-grandmother Daisy who had dementia. Iris Randell (aged 12) presented Her Royal Highness with sterling silver uniquely designed bracelet with the Dementia Support logo.
Her Royal Highness said: “Clearly this is going to serve your communities so very well and provide the framework for models elsewhere in the country.
On behalf of the individuals and families you are here to serve, thank you, and all your colleagues and associates, for what you have done, I wish you every great success.”
Sage House is the first of its kind in the UK, which brings all dementia services under one roof for people living with dementia, their families and carers – day care, community care, Memory Assessment Service, social activities, health & wellbeing services, dementia information and advice.
The services are all provided within Sage House, and are available for approximately 5,000 people living in the Chichester, Bognor Regis, Arundel, Selsey, Witterings, Emsworth, Midhurst and Petworth areas. People living with dementia, their families and carers, will be supported to maintain their wellbeing, prevent isolation and access information and guidance.
For further information contact Dementia Support: firstname.lastname@example.org 01243 888691