Day Care Centres
Many of us want to live independently in our own home for as long as possible, but may be in a position where we need a little help. The first step is to ask your local social services department for a care assessment. As an older person, or as a person with disabilities or specific needs, you are entitled to an assessment which will consider your situation and highlight the type of extra care which is most appropriate. Even if you are not reliant on the social services for funding an extra care, it is worth getting the assessment which can serve to give a better understanding of your own care needs.
Part of this support can involve visiting a day care centre. There are many day care centres or social clubs and groups who can give your carer a break and give you a chance to socialise. If your care assessment supports your preference for a day centre, your local social services should arrange this for you. Some centres arrange transport and many provide meals, entertainment and professional services such as hairdressing, chiropody or keep fit. Contact your local social services to find out about groups in your area.
Day care centres can also be vital for children or adults with physical or learning disabilities or with mental health issues. Many day centres are geared specifically to support people with specific needs. They can be used to offer support to parents or carers and offer a chance for the user to socialise and take part in many sports and activities which may not always be available to them.
Some residential care homes have day care centres attached. If your long term plan is to move into that care home, visiting the day care centre regularly before moving into the home would ensure that firstly you know the home and its residents and can be sure about your choice, and second that the transition from home to care home would be smooth and not so stressful.
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