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New Dementia Wing for the RAF family
Lady Dalton, wife of Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff, opened a new care wing for RAF family members suffering from dementia in 2011. The new “Beachside” Wing was opened at Princess Marina House, the RAF Benevolent Fund’s flagship welfare break centre in West Sussex.
The new wing provides specialised facilities for RAF family members suffering from mild cognitive impairment and early dementia, and give their carers an affordable and much needed break by the sea.
Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy for the RAF Benevolent Fund said:
“There are over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, and good respite dementia care is hard to find wherever you live. As the RAF’s leading welfare charity we are determined to provide as much relief as we can for RAF family members suffering from dementia, and to help hard pressed carers where we can. Indeed, over the last two years we’ve spent over £30,000 helping those seeking dementia care.
“The Beachside Wing marks a step-change in the care we can provide and we are delighted that Lady Dalton could be here to open the facility for us.”
The Beachside Wing provides 10 beds, a lounge and a dining/craft area for dementia care and is accessible to anyone in the RAF family in need of specialised support.
To find out more please visit www.rafbf.org for more information.