Neighbours to get say on care for the elderly

Published: 30 May 2013 11:30

NEIGHBOURS have a final chance to have their say tomorrow on how the council safeguards services for the elderly.

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People are invited to attend a meeting at Reading's civic centre from 10am-12.30pm for the final part of the Let's Talk Care consultation, which is reaching the end of a three-month review.

Service users and families have been quizzed on how they think Reading Borough Council should be keeping day care services running, while adapting to the changing needs of those using the services.

Reading's adult social care leader, Cllr Rachel Eden, said: "This consultation is an important part of ensuring our commitment to supporting older people reflects what they want. This includes ensuring that services meet the changing needs of people while reflecting that the administration in Reading is totally committed to continuing to provide day care services, which we know are vital to the people who use them."

Councillors will share details of ideas put forward so far, and discuss how these can be reflected in service development.

The overhaul of adult social care has run alongside proposals to close the Arthur Clark Care Home in Caversham and nearby Albert Road Day Centre. Three options are being considered for the day centre - keeping the current facilities and investing £400,000 in the building, merging the Albert Road centre with the Phoenix Day Centre in Southcote, or opening a new resource centre for day care and respite care.

Cllr Eden stressed the importance of the meeting, and added: "I'd encourage as many people as possible to attend and everyone with an interest in this to take part in the consultation."

People can respond online before Friday, June 14, at www.reading.gov.uk/letstalkcare. Paper copies are also available from the civic centre and should be posted to: Modernising Day Care Services Consultation, Reading Borough Council, Level 11, Civic Centre, Reading RG1 7AE.

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