Cleveland Alzheimers Residential Centre came about as the result of the determination and initiative of local carers of people with dementia. They conducted a survey, which confirmed their vision of a special facility to care for people with dementia so that:
- Services were easily accessible and centralised
- There would be a wider range of services in one location, to cut down confusion for the person with dementia and their carer
- To enable relationships to be built up with staff
- A body of knowledge could be gathered helping to understand the behavioural characteristics of dementia
- There would be a safe environment where the person with dementia could move about independently
- They would be no stigma attached to the disease
Thanks to a massive fundraising initiative of £1.5 million, Kirkdale was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, on the 23rd September 1992, this became the first facility of its kind in the UK.
As demand quickly outstripped Kirkdale’s capacity, Allison House was opened in 1995 and an Outreach Day Centre at Guisborough Hospital was opened to compliment the Day Centre that was part of Kirkdale. In more recent years the Day has relocated to a purpose built facility in Guisborough.