The actor Kevin Whately opened a dementia care centre in Brunswick Village in Newcastle, saying the country needs more specialist places like it. The actor has campaigned for improvements for people with the illness, since his mother was diagnosed.
He said the government should invest in more centres offering "joined up thinking" for patients.
People with dementia who use a newly-refurbished centre have described it as a lifeline. The building in Newcastle, run by the charity Dementia Care, offers short stays for people whose carers need a break and day care activities.
Marilyn Cooper, who goes to the day club twice a week, says the centre has made a big difference to her life.
Kevin Whately will today unveil a new care and respite centre devoted to people with dementia. The North East charity Dementia Care has refurbished the specialist centre at Brunswick Village, Newcastle, after receiving a grant of £300,000.
The charity says that the centre is the only one of its kind in the region.
It will offer day care as well as respite facilities for carers at five houses on the same site.
Dementia Care's housing is an alternative to residential care for people with the disease.
Lewis star Kevin Whately's mother had dementia, and he had to move her out of the region to find appropriate care for her.
He will cut the ribbon on the new facility at a ceremony and meet residents and their families.