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Refurbished Logandene dementia-friendly specialist unit reopens in Hemel Hempstead

09 Mar 17 - 01 Jan 01

On Thursday 9 March 2017, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) reopened Logandene specialist dementia assessment and treatment unit in Hemel Hempstead with new features and facilities.

Logandene has undergone a state-of-the-art refurbishment as part of HPFT's extensive transformation programme providing joined-up care to the local population. It forms part of a £42m investment by HPFT to provide the highest quality standards in mental health care. The 16 specialist assessment and treatment beds at Logandene will ensure vulnerable and elderly adults in Hemel Hempstead always receive excellent treatment.

The launch was a chance for the local community to visit the unit and meet some of the staff. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many citing the design, layout and refurbishments of rooms for particular praise.

Age-related memory loss can be a distressing experience for service users and their families. The facilities at Logandene aim to raise self-esteem, compensate for disability and reinforce personal identity in environments which are safe, friendly and accessible.

Logandene will feel like home for many service users and foster a sense of belonging. The corridors are well lit and signposted so residents can find their way around. The kitchen and lounges are designed to create a sense of community and familiarity. The bedrooms allow for personal items, so service users can feel comfortable and safe in surroundings which aid recollection. The garden has a potting shed and raised planters to make activities easier and encourage independence. Finally, therapy rooms have been designed in collaboration with Occupational Therapy staff to provide appropriate activity and stimulation which upholds dignity and wellbeing. 

Logandene also features a new sensory room where staff will be able to provide gentle stimulation therapy of sight, touch, smell, taste, sound and movement tailored to fit the needs of the service user and resident. The adjustable light panels, fibre optics and a sound system create a soft calm ambience, while furnishings aid relaxation.

Chairman of HPFT, Chris Lawrence, and Chief Executive, Tom Cahill, cut a ribbon to open the unit alongside Sandra Brookes, who oversees much of Trust’s East and North services. Mr Cahill said: "As a leading mental health trust committed to providing high quality mental health care, we are proud of the new features which we strongly believe set a new standard in dementia care."

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