The Willow Day Care Centre
Open seven days a week 9am to 4pm
The Willow Day Care Centre (known affectionately as The Willows) is an established day centre specialising in dementia care. The Willows is located in the grounds of Avante Care & Support’s care home, Court Regis and is open seven days a week from 9am until 4pm The centre provides a safe, bright and relaxing atmosphere for people living with dementia.
‘My mother has always been an independent woman, and the family grew increasingly worried as she developed dementia in her later years. She was desperate to maintain her independence, and we wanted her to remain in the environment she knew, was happy in, and with established routines – her own home. The Willow day care centre has facilitated this. For up to seven days a week they offer the facilities to care for, and stimulate people like my mother – and provide ease of mind for the family. We cannot overstress the importance that the Willow day care centre has had on the life of my mother and her family’. Mr Brooks (family member)
The team of qualified and attentive staff provide opportunities for its members to interact socially and encourage participation in stimulating activities. The centre welcomes referrals from social services, mental health teams and G.Ps, as well as direct private referrals. Attending day care services helps to relieve loneliness and boredom for people living on their own and assists people in maintaining independence whilst providing respite and peace of mind for their families. The Willow Day Care Centre staff group get to know each person as an individual and provide person-centred dementia care.
eannette Spooner, Centre Manager, says ‘The Willow members attend from all over Swale, coming from many different backgrounds and of varying ages and abilities. It’s always lovely to swap stories, and hear of everyone’s adventures! We provide a variety of activities including Reminiscing, music, exercise, quizzes, word games, memory games, board games, Snooker, Darts, the Wii, baking, memory exercises and lots more. We also encourage participation in everyday chores such as washing up, laying tables – or simply relaxing with a newspaper!’
There is a Chiropodist that attends every 8 weeks and a shower service is also available. There are freshly cooked hot meals available which are prepared in the Court Regis kitchen with all special dietary requirements catered for. Meals consist of a main course and dessert and there is free-flowing tea, coffee and cold drinks throughout the day with snacks provided too.
The Willow Day Care Centre believes in supporting the families and carers as well as those who attend the centre, so there are bi-monthly informal support meetings held for family members and carers to meet up.
There is also a regular newsletter containing information and news, and helpful ‘signposts’ to other services available where necessary.