More day care for the elderly

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A BROADER range of day care services look set to be made available to older people who are living in North Tyneside.

North Tyneside Council is finalising the tender for the provision of a Community Resource Service operating from the two recently-opened care schemes – Rowan Croft in Killingworth, and Linskill Park in North Shields.

The new service aims to work with people to support them accessing a range of community and social opportunities.

The council has already made a commitment to maintaining building based day services that many older people in the borough said they wanted to continue.

And this has been done through establishing new contracts with five day service providers in December to deliver modern, building based services with outreach and also specialist provision for people with physical disabilities or dementia.

Coun Les Miller, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Almost 1,000 of our residents have taken up personal budgets to decide for themselves how their needs are met.

“The new Community Resource Service will enable older people to use this money to choose from a wider range of activities.

“As well as offering services on site, it will provide a resource to support older people to access community facilities.

“And we want it to help new common interest groups to establish themselves.”

“However, we also recognised that building based services were still needed and wanted, which is why we’ve ensured they’ll continue,” he added.

Feedback was sought from people who currently use the day care services on offer in North Tyneside, as well as their carers, current providers of the services, and health and social care professionals.

The Community and Health Care Forum also carried out further consultation on the council’s behalf to ensure that the new services were what people needed.