Torquay's Purple Angel Day Centre for people with Dementia

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(Last Updated On: September 28, 2018)

Every Friday between 10-2pm the Purple Angel Day Centre at Acorn offers support to people with dementia.

The Centre cares for people with dementia and works to stimulate their abilities. Our members build friendships, and we make sure that everyone enjoys their time in a supportive atmosphere. Our trained and experienced care staff offer a high standard of care giving you peace of mind.

We offer arts and craft activities, chair exercises, refreshments and have walk in shower facilities.

Carers and care-givers can leave those they care for in a safe environment with good quality care and receive a few hours of well deserved rest.

Our aim is to help families to better cope, and to keep loved ones at home longer. If the brain is stimulated, this reduces the risk of falls and of illness. The stimulation we offer helps people with dementia to eat and drink and can reduce hospital admissions.

Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster opening the Centre

Here are a few comments for those who have used our Centre:

“I am very grateful that the Purple Angel opened the day centre at the Acorn Centre, because the few hours my husband spends there has enabled me to have some time for myself. Knowing he is in a safe place, with Bridie and her helpers caring for him, gives me peace of mind. I can meet up with friends for coffee and shopping, or catch up with jobs.”

“I am a 76yr old lady who cares for her 83 yr old husband with Alzheimer’s for the last 3-4 yrs. I have been using the day Centre each week since it opened early this year. The 4 hours were like a mini break for me. I could go to do food shopping without losing my husband in the big store. I could go into town and have a peaceful lunch or coffee. I could visit a friend for an hour or so, or I could just sit quietly in the sun and read.”

“At times Bill my husband was a little reluctant to go, but once there he enjoyed most of the activities and a lovely lunch, and Bridie and her team of excellent Carers soon had him smiling.”

“At times I found it all a little overwhelming, but the staff were very supportive to me. I also became friends with one of the other Carers attending with her husband and found that reassuring.”

The charge is £16.80 per hour.

For more information, contact, Bridie Moorhouse 07805 984340

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Kevin Dixon went to Audley Park – now Torquay Academy – and South Devon College when it was at Torre. After studying at Birmingham City University, he returned home because there’s nowhere else quite like Torquay. He then became involved in community and adult education, completed a PhD at Exeter University , and started writing about the weird and unknown side of town. He now Chairs Healthwatch Torbay and is involved in health and social care in the Bay.