Radfield Home Care Milton Keynes has launched a new adult day care centre in Furzton, providing members with a safe and warm place to socialise and relax with support from an award-winning home care provider.
The day care centre opened its doors for the first time in March and has been welcoming older people from the local community ever since, providing hot meals, activities and a bespoke care consultation for each attending member.
Initiated by Franchise Partners Jamie Harris, Rebecca Hancock, and deputy manager Kerri Percy, they identified a need in the community for a safe space that could lessen loneliness in older people. The day centre now sees 9 regular visiting, some of which are current clients of Radfield who receive regular care at home. The centre is open to everyone in the local community, with those attending enjoying various activities from a visit by local primary school children, bingo, and singalongs amongst many others. The day is topped by a home-cooked healthy meal, prepared by local catering company Enigma Catering.
“We identified that there were so many of our existing clients sitting at home daily, without seeing visitors, only our care staff, that had much more ‘get up and go’ in them; life seemed to be passing them by. So we thought why not get everyone together in a safe environment, with staff they already know to enjoy each other’s company, and that’s exactly what we have achieved. We also provide transport for our clients, which is often a barrier for older people who may not live near their families.”
Linda, a Radfield client and regular visitor to the day centre added:
“When my husband passed away 3 years ago, my son was keen for me to get some help with some of my household chores, like changing the beds that I struggled to do on my own. So a Radfield Care Professional now visits me every Tuesday and helps with things around the house, and we also go for long walks in the local parks, something I’m not confident in doing on my own.
The Day Centre is just brilliant for me. I love being with people and Radfield have created something very special for us to enjoy, I don’t know what I would do without them. They are all fantastic. It gives me something to look forward to each week. It also gives my son the reassurance that I’m not on my own all the time.”
The day centre is located in a warm and friendly community Hall, at Blackmoor Gate, known locally as South Furzton Meeting Place every Thursday between 9.30 am and 2 pm. The days’ activities are planned weeks in advance with tea coffee and refreshments available all day, along with a freshly cooked healthy two-course lunch, which clients choose from the menu. The day is full of activities from visits from children at a local primary school, where they are building some very special relationships to bingo.
The day centre provides the reassurance to the clients, that help is on hand if they need it as the centre is supported by fully trained Care Professionals that know and understand their client’s needs, and also gives them an opportunity to make new friends and do many more things together outside of the day centre.
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