Dementia unit opens next week

Iona Home's dementia unit will be officially opened next week, only seven months after the plan was announced by its owner, Presbyterian Support Otago.

Conversion of some existing beds into the unit, and work to ensure it meets the necessary standards, is nearing completion and the first patients will move in on Monday, August 17, after the official public opening on Thursday, August 13.

Called the Mackay Dementia Unit, it will provide a safe, secure home where residents will be encouraged to participate in activities they are familiar with.

An invitation to the general public has been issued to visit the unit anytime between 2pm and 5pm, and for the official dedication to be conducted by the Rev Jill McDonald, of Waitaki, at 2.45pm.

Iona provides care for 91 residents, with 12 independent living cottages, 28 rest-home rooms, 37 hospital rooms and now 14 dementia care rooms.

It has 103 staff members and more than 50 volunteers.

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