The Rt Hon Michael Gove opens dementia cafe in Camberley care home


A new Dementia Café at Kingsclear Care Home in Camberley was officially opened by The Rt Hon Michael Gove earlier this month.

Mr Gove, who is Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and constituency MP for Surrey Heath, visited the luxury care home and cut the ribbon to officially open Foxglove Café. He also spent time touring the home, learning about the care provided including to those people living with dementia, chatting with residents and meeting the care team led by home manager Caroline Walker.

On cutting the ribbon he said; “Thank you to everyone for inviting me along, thank you to everyone who works here for the amazing care. I have been told that Government cuts are a bad thing but on this occasion I am very, very happy to be making a cut and being here with you all to officially open Foxglove Café at Kingsclear.

Home Manager Caroline Walker said; “Mr Gove enjoyed a tour of our home, meeting residents in their rooms and at breakfast. He was especially interested in the memory boxes which we have outside the bedrooms and also in the badger watch cameras which we have set up to keep an eye on the badger family who have made a home in the grounds.”

Foxglove Café has been launched in conjunction with The Alzheimer’s Society to support those living with dementia and their families to provide support, guidance and an understanding of the emotions that they may be going through. The café aims to support all residents, their families and the whole of the Surrey Heath and Sandhurst communities.

Fay Freemantle, from the Alzheimer’s Society added: “Part of our strategy is to get out into the community and meet those people who have an interest in dementia. Kingsclear is a beautiful home which we are proud to be working with and it is lovely that it is opening its doors to the community in this way. Anybody is welcome to visit the Foxglove Café which will start as a monthly drop-in but we will look to increase if we need to.”


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