05 December 2016

Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet will next week meet to discuss a recommendation to terminate the current contract of two day centres for the elderly.

A review of day centre services in Northamptonshire has found that Drayton Centre in Kingsthorpe and Stephenson Court in Kilsby are currently being under-used.

Other day centres in the county which offer similar services for people with dementia also have high vacancy rates, so Cabinet is expected to decide to terminate the contracts for Drayton Centre and Stephenson Court.

Alternative day centres

The day centre users affected will be offered provision at Turnfurlong in Northampton and Longlands in Daventry.

Turnfurlong and Longlands are open seven days a week, unlike Drayton Centre and Stephenson Court, and would therefore offer a more accessible and flexible arrangement for day centre users. The move would also result in a saving of around £400,000 a year.
County council cabinet member for adult social care Cllr Bill Parker said: “We understand the vital role that day centre services can play, particularly for older people with dementia, in helping them to remain in their own home for longer, give their carers a much-needed break and provide a range of activities and social interaction.

“We’ve also listened carefully to the views of people who use the centres and their families as part of our six-week public consultation.

“However, Drayton Centre and Stephenson Court are not delivering value for money, they are under-used and they are not open seven days a week like other centres in the county.

“We know that change can be difficult and so, if Cabinet agrees to the changes next week, we will be working closely with the service users affected, as well as their families and carers, to make sure the transition to new services is as smooth as possible.”

Needs assessed

Those who currently user Drayton Centre and Stephenson Court will also have a new care assessment to make sure any new provision meets their needs.

Cabinet will meet to discuss the proposal next Tuesday.