‘Incredible’ new dementia care centre in Oakville now open

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Published November 1, 2021 at 5:57 pm

A new care centre in Oakville for people with dementia has opened its doors.

Acclaim Health, based out of Halton Region, officially opened Patty’s Place on Oct. 28.

“(Acclaim Health) has been focused on providing exceptional care to residents of Oakville and beyond,” said Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford in a tweet. “The development of Patty’s Place – their new dementia care centre – is incredible.

“I know Patty’s Place will be fundamental in assisting our community. Congratulations!”

The new state-of-the-art building, which cost just over $10M to build and is located on 2250 Speers Road, is named in honour of local physician Dr. Patty Paxton, who had a family practice in Oakville for over 20 years.

Paxton is living with early onset dementia and family and friends, inspired by her resilience, started a grassroots campaign to name the centre after her in celebration of her commitment to caring for the community.

The campaign helped raise $1.5M to help fund construction of the centre.

The new centre features:

  • Eight short stay overnight respite beds (the only ones in Halton)
  • A 3D immersive technology room (the first of its kind in Canada designed specifically for people with dementia)
  • An expanded Adult Day Program for people living with dementia that will allow us to serve more clients and longer hours each day, with the addition of programming on Sundays
  • An Adult Day Program for frail older adults
  • Caregiver support for families
  • Best practices in dementia friendly design

The addition of the centre was vital with demand for dementia care reaching crisis levels. The need for family support, says Acclaim Health, has increased by over 30 per cent in two years.

The Adult Day Program had a waiting list nearly 100 people long with residents having to wait up to a year to get the help they needed.

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