The Western Trust have issued fresh proposals to reduce the number of day care centres in Derry.
The Trust is now seeking people’s views on their suggestions, which if they go ahead will see the services at Foyleville on Academy Road and Fanad Drive in Creggan amalgamated into a single ‘Level One’ centre.
The ‘Proposals for the Future of Day Care Services for Older People’ will see a reevaluation of the needs for all those using day care facilities in the west.
The proposals could have major implications for both service users and staff members, and there are three tiers of care for local people being put forward.
Level One (High) Day Care Services includes full respite day care, personal care, day clinics and re-ablement programmes.
Level Two (Low) will involve a social club, luncheon club, and education, information and mobility schemes.
Level Three (Lower) will involve active living groups, handyman services, support groups, self-referrals and leisure facilities, all geared towards keeping more people in their own homes and preventing them being admitted into long-term care placements.
Under the plans, Carnhill Resource Centre in Derry will become a Level Two centre and will also accommodate people deemed as ‘Level Two’ who currently attend the Creggan and Foyleville facilities.
Sevenoaks in the Waterside will be retained as a Level One Centre, as will Thackeray in Limavady and the day centres in Strabane and Castlederg in Tyrone. Newtonstewart and Gortin will be amalgamated to provide a one day per week service at Newtonstewart.
The ‘Proposals for the Future of Day Care Services for Older People’ will see a re-evaluation of all those using day care facilities in the west.
There are currently over 38,600 people aged 65 and over in the Western Trust area. The consultation documents states that under the wider Transforming Your Care agenda, Older People should be looked after wherever possible in their home “or as close to their home as possible”.
Trust bosses state in the document: “Future services therefore need to focus on promoting independence, recovery and rehabilitation, which in turn will contribute to the overall reduction in the care needs and support for older people, thus creating a preventative model which focuses in providing more intensive support to help people live a more active and improved quality of life at home and in the community.”
In terms of the impact on staff, the report states: “We value and respect our staff and will keep them informed at every stage of the process.”
The consultation will run from this week until Friday April 24th, 2015. Information on the proposals and on how to respond can be downloaded from the Western Trust’s website www.westerntrust.hscni.net by clicking on ‘Involving You’ and ‘Consultations’.
Responses can be completed via post by 4pm on Friday 24 April 2015 to: Bernie McCafferty, Strategic Change and Performance Manager, Primary Care and Older Peoples Services, Spruce Villa, Gransha Hospital, Derry, BT47 1TF. Or telephone 028 7186 3912, or e-mail: Bernie.firstname.lastname@example.org.