Bradford MP, David Ward has warmly welcomed Government funding which has enabled the construction of a £8 million Bradford care complex which will be a centre of excellence for dementia and residential care for older people.

DSCN5901David Ward visited the Dudley Hill site at the Gateway Care Village in order to see the construction of the Care village and how it is expected to generate around 146 jobs and provide accommodation for more than 90 residents.

Jill Kemp, one of the Gateway’s senior management team,  explained that the development was a real team effort which followed five years of planning and consultation with the dementia mapping team at the University of Bradford, Stirling University’s dementia design team, the Contented Dementia Trust and Bradford Council’s adult services team.

Government funding of £5m from the Local Enterprise Partnership is being used to create the centre which will be the first location in the North to use a model of care called SPECAL which can bring about immediate and sustainable improvements in the quality of life of the person with dementia.

It treats dementia as a disability and works positively with it, rather than trying to ignore or defeat it. This can increase the person’s confidence, decrease stress, slow the rate of deterioration which can lead to reductions in the use of medications.

DSCN5972Commenting David Ward MP said: “I was very pleased to go and see the construction of these exciting new facilities which are not only bringing much needed jobs into the area but also making available 1st class dementia and care facilities.

“Bradford has some fabulous dementia care and facilities, and with 1 in 3 of us likely to suffer from some form of dementia in our lives, investing in dementia care now is essential.

“I’m very pleased that it’s this Government that is championing the fight against dementia by building the right facilities and investing hundreds of millions of pounds over the next 5 years in dementia research.”