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Changes to Gloucestershire day care services

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People in Gloucestershire who use day care services will now be given more independence and control over how they spend their time.

This is in line with Gloucestershire County Council’s review of its day care services, with services now moving away from the traditional day centre setting and instead being provided within local communities. The aim is to give clients more control. To achieve this, the council is making more use of Direct Payments to allow people who currently use day care facilities to control their own money and spend it on the services they want.

People using the day service at Woolstrop House in Quedgeley will be among the first people to benefit from Direct Payments, when the day care centre based there closes in August. This is to allow work to start on a new home on the site by the Order of St John Trust in partnership with the County Council. The new home will include specialist places for people with dementia to meet growing demand.

People using the Woolstrop House Day Service will be fully supported during the months before and after the closure of the centre and social care staff will be working with clients to make sure they are happy with the alternative arrangements. The aim is to find or arrange suitable activities within the local community.

Mark Branton, Director of Strategic Commissioning, said: “We understand that some day centre clients may be disappointed about losing the centre and I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure our clients, their families and carers. We will fully support them in every away to ensure they are taking part in activities and services that meet their individual interests. Where possible, we will make sure that future arrangements allow clients to continue to meet up with the friends they have made at the centre.”

To ensure that clients are fully involved in their future from the start, they have all been invited to attend one of two meetings on 28th February and informal discussion sessions have been arranged during the first week of March to help identify people’s interests and preferences. Following this, each client will meet with a member of the Review Team to discuss their individual needs and goals. Carers will also be invited and encouraged to attend a discussion session.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council 

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