I want to respond to your article “Women preparing to tackle Warkworth dementia woes” (MM June 14). It said “Currently, there is no all-day respite care available in the area, which can provide quality care for sufferers and give their caregivers a much-needed break.” We were extremely disappointed when we heard this news. Leigh Road Cottage, situated at 582 Leigh Road, is a 30-bed specialist dementia facility in the Warkworth region. We are highly competent and trained to look after all dementia residents. In fact, we are the only dementia facility which is approved by the Ministry of Health in this region. It is a false statement to say that there is no dementia facility in the Warkworth region. And this is utterly unfair to our general public and the community who live around this region. Also, from our point of view, all our dedicated staff, deserve some credit and recognition, as it is not an easy task to look after dementia sufferers. In saying there is no dementia care facility in Warkworth region, it seems like their effort and presence, are not recognised.
Dennie Chiew, owner Leigh Road Cottage (abridged)
(MM acknowledges Leigh Road Cottage provides all-day respite care, along with other dementia services, and regrets the error – Ed)