DUDLEY borough has been praised for the way it deals with people suffering from dementia.

The borough’s pioneering approach to dementia has received national acclaim for its support to sufferers, their familes and carers.

Dudley’s dementia gateway scheme has proved so successful that the Department of Health’s Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Jon Rouse, visited the borough to see for himself.

He spent time at the Roseville Centre in Coseley, one of the borough’s three dementia gateways, where he spoke with staff, sufferers, families and carers about their experiences of using the service.

Mr Rouse also dropped in at Dudley Council’s Queens Cross Centre which caters for people with physical and sensory disabilities.

Cllr Dave Branwood, the borough’s cabinet member for adult, community and housing services, said: “Dementia gateways are a new approach to the care and treatment of people with dementia, which have received national praise.

“We are a leading force in developing the gateways, which offer help and support for people diagnosed with dementia from the borough’s three dementia gateways.

“We are thrilled the Director General has visited Dudley to see the great work that our dementia gateways team is doing.

“This pioneering approach is about giving people independence in their communities as long as they have the right levels of help and support.

“People in Dudley borough who are diagnosed with dementia can expect support from the gateways, which are in Coseley, Halesowen and Brierley Hill, every step of the way.

“We offer personal and tailored care to individuals as well as their families and carers.”