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Elderly Day Centre To Close

Friday November 22 2013

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THE last council day centre for the elderly is closing, amid sweeping changes to care services.

Barnsley Council plans to close Highgate Social Centre in April to slash £200,000 from the current £600,000 a year costs.

It also intends to cancel drop-in centre contracts with Age UK and independent care providers at three care homes in Mapplewell and Athersley in a complete change to the way it provides care for the elderly and vulnerable adults.

The changes means older people will have more choice on what activities and care they receive, but the council is vague about what is being provided.

A report, approved by the council's ruling cabinet, called for a multi-layered approach with specialist care for dementia sufferers, centres for people to visit based in six areas and a scheme where vulnerable adults can spend the day in a carer's home.

It has been prompted by a review, following the closure of Highfield Grange in Wombwell last year, which states there has been a lack of take up of care services over the last 12 months - with most centres runnings at just 50 per cent capacity.

The review also found many of the buildings being used needed updating.

It added: "Service users will be supported in the re-provision of care services and every effort will be made to ensure current friendships are sustained.

"It is recognised there may be anxiety with existing users through the period of uncertainty and change. This will be managed in partnership with carers and relatives."

Phil Wormald, chief executive officer at Age UK Barnsley said: "We've known for three years that the council has been looking to reshape day care services.

"We're waiting to see what the documents look like and then we'll be looking to see if Age UK can continue to offer care."

Cllr Jenny Platts, spokeswoman for adults and communities, said: "The introduction of personal budgets has given people more choice and control over how their care needs are met.

"The changes to modernise the service will ensure we can offer people the choices they want, providing a variety of stimulating and varied day activities across the borough that are tailored to support their individual needs by providing a service that's fit for the future."

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Reply Posted by nicola on Friday November 22 2013 at 15:58
Think this is wrong. What barnsley council fail to realise is that the day care centres are their to help service users. It gives them a change of scenery, social interaction and stimulation. Making these changes on them especially dementia suffers can be upsetting. Instead of closing them why don't these councillors take a pay cut to help the councils budget and spend money wisely on things this town is desperate for I.e jobs, repairs to roads etc. Instead of spending it on renting statues. This council is beyond a joke and when these reform changes hit barnsley is going to be serverly hit because this towns councils has made a mess of things. There's no stable future for barnsley at all the towns going down and so will everyone with it.

Reply Posted by Ron on Friday November 22 2013 at 16:25
Sir Steve Does not care about old people. When he gets old BMBC will have made him a millionaire - calling himself a socialist and champion for the working class when he is in fact a disgraceful piggy with his nose in the trough,

Reply Posted by Louise on Friday November 22 2013 at 20:02
Times have changed and so have people. It is time more specialist support was provided where needed and more choice is offered to those who are able to choose. As long as it is ensured people have stimulating activities and their health maximised. It will be a good thing. About time it changed. People have been voting with there feet for years and stopping going.

Reply Posted by Debbie on Saturday November 23 2013 at 00:39
I think this is so unfair to those that do manage to get there, this may be their only life line & now it's being taken from them, diabolical.

Reply Posted by Wendy on Saturday November 23 2013 at 07:47
LOL u will die lonely!!!
This BMBC is taking the P**S, bout time Barnsley folk stood up for themselves...
Its not just Old People that suffer, its disabled people too, bout time BMBC got their priorities right, n STOP giving Barnsley a BAD NAME.....

Reply Posted by Wendy from lol on Saturday November 23 2013 at 08:34

Reply Posted by maz on Saturday November 23 2013 at 10:11
thats it council give then more money and take it away from elderly and disabled folk of bansley

Reply Posted by sarah on Sunday November 24 2013 at 14:53
the council have been given millions from the EU specifically for Goldthorpe so its about time they stopped using it for their own purposes and use it in the area its meant for. The amount of money they have taken from us could have kept this centre open for years,alot of people use this centre so its not empty or unused its some folks only means of socialising.