Work is due to begin on upgrading day centres across Cardiff as part of the City Council’s remodelling of day services for older people.
In 2015, the City Council agreed a new Day Opportunities strategy, developed to focus resources to meet the needs and aspirations of older people with social care needs in the city, which included plans to invest in three day centres.
Aiming to prevent social isolation, and to enable older people to achieve their chosen outcomes based on their level of need, the Council outlined its intention to remodel day services at Grand Avenue, Ely; Fairwater Day Centre, and Minehead Road, Llanrumney.
The refurbishment of Minehead Road is now underway. This will enhance the internal environment, improve the quality of accommodation for people using the centre, and importantly meet contemporary care standards.
Funded by the Council and Welsh Government grants, the work will enable the delivery of different models of care within the building, and will include an enhanced dementia-friendly environment.
Once completed, Minehead Road will provide services to a greater number of people than before. The plan is for the centre to meet the needs of those with high care and support needs and a low / stable level of dementia or functional mental illness.
Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore, said:
“Cardiff’s population is expected to grow and age substantially over the next 15 years and ensuring people in vulnerable situations are supported is a key priority for the City Council.
“We know that having opportunities to be sociable makes people happy, and is key to a healthy, long life. We are developing a more flexible day care service in supportive and enabling environments where people can feel safe, valued and understood.
“At all three of our day centres, we are redesigning services around the needs of individuals themselves. This investment will mean some of the most vulnerable people in the city are receiving better quality services in improved environments.
“As a committed ‘Dementia Friend’, I am particularly pleased that our modernisation and investment programme has taken account of the challenges facing those with dementia in the way that the physical space of the centres is designed and organised. More importantly, the remodelling of our centres represents a significant step in the development of enhanced services to respond to the growing numbers of older people in Cardiff living with dementia, and the challenges it brings to many families across Cardiff’s communities.”
Service users who were attending Minehead Road are currently receiving their day services from Grand Avenue day centre.
Work has also started on planning the redesigned use of the Grand Avenue Day Centre building as a specialist dementia centre, in partnership with Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. The building work will take place throughout 2017/18. It is anticipated that the refurbishment of Fairwater Day Centre will follow in 2018/19.