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Dementia-friendly ward opens at Oberlands Centre in Guernsey

The Corbiere 'dementia friendly' ward opens at the Oberlands Centre in Guernsey. Credit: Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee

People living with dementia in Guernsey can now access a new space at the Oberlands Centre.

The ward has been relocated from Duchess of Kent House and the new design is based on bringing the outside in with the aim to create the feeling of a small village, similar to Cobo village.

Credit: Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee

It is hoped the ward will provide a safe, homely environment for service users, connecting to nature and incorporating Guernsey's landscape.

The design has been created with the help of local artist Sammy Giovinazzi with the intention to encourage conversation between patients, staff and visitors.

Other transformations include:

  • The dining area has been converted into a café inspired by the old Maison Carre Café in St Peter Port.
  • The corridors to the bedrooms are now walkways through the landscape of Guernsey.
Credit: Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee
  • The central area of the ward has shops fronts including the Busy Bee flower shop and the Normandy Laundrette.
Credit: Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee

The Health Committee says "feedback from residents and visitors has been very positive and the ward team are delighted with the difference Corbiere village has made to everyone’s lives".

Adding "this project was funded by kind donations".