Phase 1 consultation (closed)

In-house day services review

Having carefully considered the key messages from the Community Life Choices Strategy which told us that the way in which people wish to access day services is changing, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Committee has agreed to a review of in-house day service provision over the coming months.

The Cabinet also endorsed the following criteria which are linked to the outcomes of the original consultation exercise:

  1. Are there opportunities for alternative day care in a locality?
  2. Care and support providers and local voluntary and community groups are prepared to develop alternatives to day centres
  3. The DCC day centre has been consistently and/or significantly under utilised
    1. there are declining numbers of referrals into the DCC day centre
    2. the DCC day centre is not cost effective
  4. The Day Centre building is not suitable for the changing needs and demands of people needing such provision in the future
  5. There are opportunities to share facilities with other services to deliver a single buildings based offer in our key towns.

The County Council will also be looking at local provision. To help validate information gathered so far and to help fill in gaps in knowledge in relation to quality, capacity and accessibility, and to explore opportunities to broaden the choice of services available, a series of mapping events have been arranged.

Feedback from these events will be used to inform the review, alongside the above criteria. Full consultation with clients, carers and staff will follow in the New Year where proposals for change are identified

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  1. Sallie rutledge |

    Home from home for people with dementia
    A summer holiday home in Topsham for people living with dementia is to offer a specialist activity club over the winter months.

    With recent news that the number of people with dementia could triple by 2050, there is an ever more pressing need for facilities that offer support.

    Sallie Rutledge opened The Mede four years’ ago to enable carers and their loved ones to have holidays, after her own father in law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Although at full occupation in the summer months, the bungalow lies dormant through the cold season.

    Sallie, a qualified nurse who works part time as a practice nurse in a local health centre, said: “The Mede seemed an ideal place for a day centre. All too often, people living with dementia don’t leave their own homes because that is the easier option – but of course this can lead to them feeling isolated and lonely.

    “As The Mede is already set up as holiday accommodation, it has a home from home feel which immediately makes visitors less anxious about being out of their comfort zone. It’s extremely practical and very welcoming.”

    Although there is no cure for memory loss, deterioration can be slowed down through the use of trusted methods, and sessions will include activities that stimulate memory, such as word and number games, current affairs and creative sessions. In addition, visitors to the Mede activity club will be encouraged to get out and about.

    “We hope to go for walks on nice days – and there’s an area in the garden which will make a perfect space for growing flowers and vegetables,” said Sallie, who will be working as a volunteer at some of the sessions.

    The activity club at The Mede, which is not far from Exeter, will be run by not-for-profit organisation Memory Matters South West. Director Kate Smith explained the thinking behind the new centre: “There’s a lack for facilities for people when they first learn they have dementia, which is exactly the time that activity and stimulation is required. Day centres like this allow them to meet with others in the same position, which gives reassurance and mutual support.”

    Memory Matters South West already runs activity clubs in Lostwithiel and Wadebridge, with another to open soon in Bodmin.

    “It looks increasingly possible that numbers of council-run day centres may face closure for one reason or another, so there is a real need for independently run centres to fill the gap,” added Kate.

    The Mede activity centre will open its doors as soon as enough people have signed up for the first few sessions. Memory Matters South West is offering a reduced rate of £14 for the first three sessions to the first five clients, after which a session costs from £28. Sessions run from 10am to 4pm.

    For more information please contact Kate Smith on 07813 886706 or

  2. SVC |

    I dont know where you are getting your figures. Mental health referrals (and our caseloads) have increased at the centre where I work by almost 100% in the past 12 months.

  3. michael pound |

    with reference to the frequently asked questions it state that numbers at day centres have fallen by 60%, one of the reasons for this has been carers have not been given this option, when my son left school(he is in the top group of care needs) we were told HE COULD NOT have a day centre and we must use direct payments even though we didn’t want to go that route. it was’nt until we got our MP involved that devon allowed him a place at a day centre,
    Carers should be informed of all the options and allowed to choose what is best for them and their disabled family members
    From the information on the frequently asked questions it seems that people will be forced to take options that may not be in their best interests and could force carers to give up looking after their loved ones at an earier stage, which would increase the strain on residential/ supported living homes which would then increase coucils budgets