A NEW suite designed for people living with dementia has opened at Windsor's Queen's Court care home in Dedworth Road.

The suite was officially opened by the Royal Borough’s Mayor Cllr Paul Lion and provides 22 specialist residential and nursing care beds for people with dementia.

It has been designed to make life easier for sufferers - with glass fronted memory boxes filled with personal items outside each bedroom door to help residents find their room, vintage travel posters decorating the corridors to evoke a bygone era and specially designed blue china to help people in the suite eat independently.

Residents will benefit from tailored activities to stimulate them and focus areas have been designed to help trigger their memories, including a sewing corner that has fabrics, paper sewing patterns and balls of wool that residents can look at and touch.

The building of the suite follows a joint investment by the Royal Borough and Care UK who run the home.

Cllr Stuart Carroll, the borough's lead member for adult social care and public health, said: “This new dementia suite is a really positive step forward. It will provide high quality facilities specially designed for those living with dementia that will enrich residents’ lives while helping to support their independent living.”

The suite currently has 16 residents.