London Borough of Barnet

Residents’ views sought on proposals for day services

Published Thursday 1 March 2012

Barnet Council is asking residents for their views on proposed changes to the way it provides day services for older people.

Over the coming months the council will be using a series of events and a questionnaire to gauge people’s opinions on four possible models for modernising day services for older people.

The council is consulting following feedback from older people and carers that current services may not offer enough choice and may not support older residents to live as independently as possible.

Although day services are valued by those who use them, they are only available to a small minority of older people and the council intends for the services to be available to a broader range of residents in future.

At the same time the council is grappling with greater demand for services during a period of scarce resources.

The consultation, which runs until 25 May, asks people for their views on four models of day services which would potentially run alongside one another.

These models include proposals for ‘Later Life Planners’ to help people plan for their retirement and a ‘Neighbourhood Model’ to provide more services locally by basing them in places like community centres and libraries.

A ‘Practical Support’ model would include help for people needing to arrange for repairs to be carried out to their home, and support for people to move back home after a spell in hospital.

A ‘Care and Activity’ model proposes fewer but higher quality places provided by day centres for residents who are most frail, with complex needs and for those with dementia.

Councillor Sachin Rajput, Cabinet Member for Adults, said: “People’s expectations for retirement have changed, and we want to help as many people as possible to plan ahead for a healthier, more active later life.

“It is incredibly important that these services reach as many people as possible and that they are properly tailored to meet the needs of a changing older population.

“That is why we would like to hear from residents, their carers and local organisations working with older people over the coming weeks on how they feel day services can best be modernised.”

To view the consultation visit engage.barnet.gov.uk

Contact Press Officer: Nick Griffin