Construction of a highly desired Centre of Excellence to aid those suffering with Dementia has finally begun in Caernarfon.

Mario Kreft and Lord Wigley

Mario Kreft and Lord Wigley

Ysbyty Bryn Seiont has made way for the new development and it being demolished only leaves a bright future ahead for the new centre which replaces the community hospital. Pendine Park are behind the project and they’re proving themselves to be real philanthropists for the people of North Wales with owner Mario and Gill Kreft giving back to the community once again.

Canolfan Dementia Bryn Seiont is now in the construction process with the build set to be completed in September 2015. It will be a bilingual centre that will provide over 100 jobs for the local area and one that caters to people with afflictions that still want to stay independent. 16 extra care apartments will be built during the ambitious and promising project.

Mario Kreft on the project: “We’re very excited to have this opportunity to provide vitally important services for the people of Gwynedd at a fully bilingual dementia centre – being able to speak in your first language is always important but especially so for people who have dementia.

“The centre of excellence will be the hub other services including respite care, day care, memory clinics and outreach services supporting people in their own homes.

“This will be something very new.  It’s not really been tried in Wales in the way that we intend enhance people’s lives in the community using the dementia centre for all of the practical support needs they have.

“We will be providing person centred, relationship centred care in small units. What we want to do also ensure that the staff here will be recruited locally. It will be a fully bilingual care centre and we see that as being absolutely essential but they will be some of the most highly trained people in Wales who will be given support and development on a scale rarely seen.

“Another important aspect is our enrichment programme using the arts to give people that quality of life, those little things that matter so much and utilising innovation particularly within the arts.

“As an example we wish to extend our relationship that we have with the Welsh National Opera and indeed the renowned Hallé orchestra. We have already had discussions about working with Bangor University and Galeri in Caernarfon.

“We’ll soon be recruiting senior staff and as the project continues it’s going to be an opportunity to fulfil what we’ve promised which is to create 100 sustainable jobs in this area.

“We’re not here to replace services.  We’re here to work with the community, work with social care and health care professionals and very much to bring what we consider the Pendine Park approach to dementia care in a fully bilingual way to Gwynedd.”

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