ELDERLY residents and their carers have been invited to the opening of a new respite centre in Wigan.
Bridgewater Day Care is to launch its services in Queen Street, Golborne, on Wednesday, February 19, providing activities and services for elderly residents, people with dementia and relief for relatives who look after them.
Residents who are interested in registering their loved ones to attend sessions are invited to attend between 10am and 8pm and view what is on offer.
Invited guests include Andy Burnham, shadow secretary for health, retired MP Sir Ian McCartney, an avid health champion, and Wigan Mayor, Coun Billy Rotherham.
Phil Eckersley, owner of Bridgewater Day Care, pictured, said: “The open day will be a good opportunity for those interested in the day care to put themselves on the waiting list. It will be a first come, first served policy.
“We have 35 places and once we have 10 people per day we will be up and running.
“I invited Andy Burnham, Sir Ian McCartney and Coun Rotherham as they are influential figures, in terms of promoting services like this.
“There has been a lot of doom and gloom about the council having to cut day care centres, so this is a positive and innovative move.
“We have had feedback from the Alzheimer’s Society and Wigan and Leigh Carers about the services on offer.
“Carers are often seeking somewhere to get respite and they know their relatives are in good hands.
“We want to create a home-from-home environment so users don’t feel institutionalised and can feel comfortable and make good friends.”
The centre, which will be will be open Monday to Friday, from 10am until 4pm, will also offer a hot meal and refreshments, plus bathing facilities.
There will also be reminiscence sessions for members with dementia.
It is £30 per day, with an optional £5 for meals,
For more information visit Bridgewater Day Care, in Queen Street, Golborne, on Wednesday February 19, between 10am and 8pm.