The Windle Valley Centre in Bagshot has undergone a £40,000 transformation.
Surrey Heath Borough Council invested in the refurbishment of the centre, which provides a range of activities and services for older residents.
The refurbishment, which took place during October, particularly aimed to ensure the decoration, flooring, furniture and furnishings are suitable for users with dementia, as well as updating the Centre’s general facilities.
The Council worked on the refurbishment with Access 21 Interiors (www.access21interiors.co.uk), who specialise in interior design for the care sector, and also in dementia design, having been trained by the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University.
They ensured the furniture, materials and colour schemes used in the refurbishment were dementia-friendly, and specially designed for the care setting.
Providing a modern, safe and comfortable environment for users is also important for the long term financial viability of the centre.
The Windle Valley Centre has an important role to play in preventing or reducing social isolation in older people.
The Centre opens five days a week for its core support services, including seated exercise classes, games and quizzes, creative activities including arts and crafts, and the celebration of special events.
A freshly prepared cooked nutritious two course meal is available daily, while access to other services including hairdressers and foot care specialists is also available.
The Saturday Club also operates every week, offering older residents, carers and the cared-for a chance to relax and enjoy themselves through interaction and entertainment.
In addition, the facility will be made available for local voluntary and community organisations to hire for their own activities and events.
In 2015 the Centre was extended to provide a Wellbeing Centre, which provides help and advice to people with dementia, and their carers.
Providing services which support older people is a priority for the Council.
During the period 2015 to 2025 the proportion of the population in Surrey Heath in all age groups aged 55 and over is projected to increase. There are significant predicted increases in those aged over 65 years, with the population aged over 85 years predicted to increase by nearly 60% compared to around 40% for Surrey as a whole.
Portfolio Holder for Community, Cllr Vivienne Chapman, said: “The Windle Valley Centre is a crucial resource for older residents in Surrey Heath, and I am delighted to see the results of this refurbishment. It will ensure the centre continues to cater to the specific needs of users.”