Lifeline to the lonely elderly

Spalding District Age UK's Day Care Centre in Spalding with guests and carer Sharon Coveridge.
Spalding District Age UK's Day Care Centre in Spalding with guests and carer Sharon Coveridge.
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What would a man or woman aged 60 and upwards in South Holland get for £22.40 a day?

How about a spa bath, hairdresser, beautician, freshly cooked lunch, games, entertainment, outings and the thrill of meeting old friends.

Spalding District Age UK’s Day Care Centre in The Meadows, off Park Road, is a weekday service for elderly people who would otherwise be isolated in their own home.

Every Monday to Friday, from 9am until 3pm, at least 20 people from Spalding and surrounding villages have their basic needs met by trained staff inside a purpose-built modern building which opened in 2000.

General manager Liz Walmsley said: “The service has been up and running in Spalding for the last 25 years and originally it was just for three days a week.

“Previously, it had been in community centres but 14 years ago we got funding to build a new centre, all on one level, with a lovely big wet room, secure garden and disabled toilets all geared round the needs of elderly people.

“We try to provide them with varied activities and they all say that they don’t know what they would do without it.

“One lady comes five days a week, paying for it through her attendance allowance, and everyone who comes thoroughly enjoys the day.”

For more details, call 01775 720305 or go to www.ageuk.org.uk