WELSH Health Minister Lesley Griffiths was today unveiling a new £18.5 million Swansea facility for dementia patients.
She will be at the city's Cefn Coed Hospital to officially open the Ysbryd y Coed unit for up to 60 people with the condition.
It has been built using the latest research to provide an ideal environment for those living with the condition who need hospital care.
The unit is home to three wards with private en-suite rooms, some of which can be set up for couples, family or friends to share.
Every single-sex ward has been spruced up with an enclosed courtyard garden and patients in the hospital can spend time in quiet rooms.
There are also therapeutic areas, seating areas for visitors, and facilities for members to stay overnight in the hospital.
Mrs Griffiths said: "One in five people over the age of 80 has dementia, and by 2021, the number of people with dementia is projected to increase by 31 per cent in Wales.
"These figures are sobering and mean we need to act now to improve services for people with dementia and their families.
"When hospital admission is required, units such as Ysbryd y Coed provide the ideal environment for people with dementia and greatly enhance privacy and dignity for patients and their families.
"Feedback from people already in the hospital is very positive: families tell us how little touches, like being able to personalise rooms, and having a family room and quiet room make the world of difference."
She added: "Ysbryd y Coed is an excellent example of healthcare in Wales breaking through into world class standards."
WinGriffiths, chairman of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, added: "I am delighted to welcome Lesley Griffiths, to officially open Ysbryd y Coed.
"The unit provides modern, state of the art accommodation for older people suffering with dementia.
"It has been purpose built, incorporating patients' needs into the heart of the design.
"I am sure patients and their families will benefit greatly from this new facility."
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