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Archview Lodge's new dementia unit opens

11th August 2006

A Barchester care home will unveil its new £1million dementia unit at an open day this week.

The new centre at the Archview Lodge care home in Dalkeith has the capacity to care for 20 residents with dementia and other related illnesses.

Following a building programme started at the end of last year, the specialist unit has en suite facilities in all bedrooms and a dedicated lounge, which will enable visitors to be welcomed at any time of the day.

"We are thrilled with how the development has progressed over the last few months," said May McCondichie, the home's general manager.

"The extension provides the latest facilities within luxury surroundings. The new bedrooms all have stunning views onto our grounds."

Ms McCondichie emphasised the importance of this type of care: "The need for high quality care for older people, especially those with dementia, within the region has steadily increased over the past few years."

Barchester Healthcare is known for its own dementia programme, Memory Lane, which aims to give those with the condition a "person-centred" approach to their care.

Memory Lane has been designed to use the provision of a comfortable and safe environment to encourage independence, support life skills and enable freedom of choice.

Archview lodge will be holding an open day for the unit on Saturday August 11th.