Care and concern in Spalding and district

Buzzer beater: Raymond Good, Ted Moss and Kenneth Paul have a friendly basketball game at the day centre. Photo: SG170113-141TW
Buzzer beater: Raymond Good, Ted Moss and Kenneth Paul have a friendly basketball game at the day centre. Photo: SG170113-141TW

Mind, body and soul are taken care of at the dementia day care service run by Age UK Spalding District.

General manager Liz Walmsley said carers can take people along for as little as two or three hours, at a charge of £8 an hour.

She said: “It doesn’t have to be all day because of a lot of people with dementia cannot take a whole day.

“If carers just wanted to go for a game of bowls in the morning they could do that.

“It’s very important that carers get a break because they have got them 24-7 and they need to do something on their own sometimes. It’s vital carers get some “me” time as well.”

While there are a couple of people at the centre for full days, the centre also has vacancies for short slots.

Liz described the service – which takes place from Monday to Friday (9am to 3pm) in the bright and airy conservatory at the day centre, The Meadows off Park Road – as “a holistic sort of experience”.

She said people were able to enjoy nutritious lunches and time to interact with their peer group, as well as hair dressing, chiropody and bath services. In addition, people could access advice and information as well as taking part in social gatherings and outings.

Liz said: “Because it is on a one -to-one basis or two-to-one at most, we can interact with that person really well and they can be in their own quiet environment as opposed to a big centre.”

Age UK’s website says day care can be tailored to suit people of all ages suffering from some of the symptoms associated with dementia. These include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, and possibly changes to mood or behaviour. Ring 01775 720305 or email: dementia@ageconcernspalding.co.uk