07/13/2015 01:47 EDT | Updated 07/13/2016 05:59 EDT

New Brunswick adding new respite day spaces for people with dementia

FREDERICTON - A day centre for adults with dementia will open in Fredericton this fall.

The new facility at the York Care Centre will be in addition to the 17 adult day centres already operating in New Brunswick.

The centres offer respite spaces to provide relief to caregivers who have chosen to care for their loved ones with dementia at home.

Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers says the 15 spaces at the Fredericton facility are the first of 100 additional spaces being added as part of the $10.3 million, three-year Home First Strategy.

She says the cost to caregivers is about $40 per day, but is subsidized for those in need.

York Care Centre CEO Kevin Harter says respite stays include programs to assist with the cognitive skills of patients.