Carlisle dementia unit care set to open

Artist's impression of the new unit
Image caption The unit will feature enclosed courtyards

An assessment unit to care for people with dementia is to open in Cumbria.

The unit, which cost £2.6m to construct, provides 15 en-suite bedrooms and will open on Wednesday at the Carleton Clinic, Carlisle.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said the Ruskin Unit is also aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental ill health.

It will include inside and outside areas, activity spaces and colours and themes to distinguish rooms.

Among the features will be memory boxes in which patients can put sentimental items with the aim of helping them to get used to the unit and feel safer.

Conservative MP for Carlisle John Stevenson will perform the official opening alongside the chief executive of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Claire Molloy and chair Mike Taylor.

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