With the official launch event deemed a rip-roaring success, it was finally time to get down to business on Monday morning when we flung open our doors for the very first time.

It wasn’t long before the phones started ringing and our first client assessment was in the diary. When required, we are happy to visit clients in their own homes to conduct our initial assessments, which has proved to be very popular, as sometimes families are so busy and stressed, it can be difficult to arrange a good day for both the carer and the client to get to the centre. We have found the home visits to be very beneficial, as it can help to make the assessment process more realistic, as we are seeing the client in their everyday environment.

Soon to follow was confirmation of a group booking from local nursing home, Catherine Court. As we know the home and its residents very well, and are aware of their interests, our Events & Activities Manager, Debbie Arthurs, has arranged a “Sound of Music” themed event, on Thursday 26th February 2015 (further details can be found here), which they will be attending, along with their carers and family members. Please see our “what’s on “page for more information.

We also launched our Facebook page this week, to run alongside our Twitter account, and look forward to expanding our presence on the social media stage by linking up with like-minded people in our community and further afield.

Activities Co-Ordinator/Care Assistant Maria Horan, took time out of the centre on Thursday to introduce Safe Haven to a “Dementia-Friendly Communities’ Initiative”, in Stokenchurch. This exciting and new initiative will be rolled out to other local villages over the next few months, so we plan to keep ourselves updated on this fantastic idea of helping to make villages and their communities more dementia aware.