A Knowsley dementia centre has adapted its services to maintain valuable support for communities.
The Me2u Centre in Kirkby is providing emergency back-up services for its dementia patients during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Centre, which opened in 2018, has also applied to become an emergency crisis facility, with six hospital beds available for high risk dementia patients.
Founder of the centre, Rosie Whittington, a former mental health nurse with Mersey Care said: “I’ve found my calling in life – I’ve been put on this earth to serve and I want to help as many people as I can who have been affected with dementia, that’s what I’m here for.”
The Me2U Centre would normally help dementia sufferers maintain their independence and remain in their own home in the care of their families for longer.
It can also provide respite, giving carers the opportunity to attend to normal home and family routines, safe in the knowledge that their loved ones are in expert hands, as well as advice and support for care givers.
Changes to the service
However, following the introduction of social distancing measures, the centre has had to drastically revise its operations.
The Centre now offers emergency back-up such as a crisis phone line, a shopping service, and a prescription pick-up service for its 60 clients.
The Me2U Centre won the ‘Health & Wellbeing Business of the Year’ category of The Women’s Organisation’s Enterprising Women’s Awards 2018.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“The Me2UCentre provides invaluable support to dementia sufferers and respite and peace of mind to their loved ones. It is great testament to all the staff at the Centre that they have been able to adapt their service at this time to ensure some of our most vulnerable residents can continue to access support.”