Cuts to fund­ing is a big is­sue for day care cen­tres

Char­ity boss says they are im­por­tant as­set

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

CHAR­ITY Age UK has raised con­cerns about mas­sive cuts to fund­ing for adult day care cen­tres.

Bosses at Age UK in Le­ices­ter say cuts to day cen­tres are forc­ing peo­ple out of their own homes and into full time res­i­den­tial care.

The fig­ures col­lected from lo­cal coun­cils by The Tele­graph us­ing Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests re­veal an aver­age fund­ing cut of 30 per cent for day cen­tres over the past five years.

Some coun­cils have cut up to 55 per cent of their fund­ing for adult day care cen­tres.

Tony Dono­van, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Age UK Le­ices­ter­shire & Rut­land said: “In Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land we pro­vide day care be­cause it helps with the health and well­be­ing of the fam­ily carer, many of whom look after their loved ones 50 plus hours a week. It gives them a break from their care role on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“If ser­vices like day cen­tres are not there or car­ers are not con­nected to them, many older car­ers tend not to reach out for help un­til when they hit a cri­sis point or when their own health breaks down. So, day care is sup­port­ing car­ers be­fore a cri­sis hap­pens and is there­fore a pre­ven­ta­tive ser­vice.

“For those lucky enough to have one, day cen­tres play an es­sen­tial role in help­ing older peo­ple who live at home re­main in­de­pen­dent. They pro­vide im­por­tant op­por­tu­ni­ties for so­cial con­tact, ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice and help with mo­bil­ity.”

“Day cen­tres must re­main an in­te­gral part of a joinedup ap­proach to car­ing for older peo­ple and their fam­i­lies. A marked and con­tin­ual de­cline in fund­ing for day cen­tres is yet an­other as­pect of a so­cial care cri­sis which the govern­ment must ad­dress.”

The fig­ures col­lected from lo­cal coun­cils by The Tele­graph us­ing Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests re­veal an aver­age fund­ing cut of 30 per cent for day cen­tres over the past five years.

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