Budget cut fears for day centre

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THE daughter of a dementia sufferer has voiced concerns over plans to move care services away from a local day centre.

Carole Taylor says she is worried for the health of her 87-year-old mum Elsie Cunliffe, after council chiefs revealed plans to move some adult services out of Hindley Day Centre.

The authority is considering the proposal to accommodate Hindley Library and a community cafe at the centre, in First Avenue, Hindley, following Government cuts.

However, Wigan Council has reassured service users in Hindley they will be fully consulted over any proposed changes.

Mrs Taylor said: “My mother has well managed dementia through medication and correct care. I try not to change anything that could cause confusion to follow medical advice.

“It’s a pity the council don’t look into what effects these changes have on the people concerned.

“Some of these adults have no one to fight their corner. Change isn’t good for them. They are in a purpose-built building that has all the facilities to promote independence, stimulate their minds, promote activity and build self-esteem. So why take this away from them?”

Wigan Council’s head of service for Community Service, Julie Jeffers, said: “The council is reviewing all service provision but people should be reassured that individual needs will be met.

“We are at this stage exploring opportunities for sharing our buildings wherever possible to reduce costs, but to also ensure people remain and participate in their local communities.

“Where people have specialist needs for services, we will, of course, consult to ensure that they receive the most appropriate support.”

A two-day consultation was held at Hindley Day Centre earlier this month, which invited carers to give their thoughts.

Culture chiefs are suggesting measures to ensure the borough’s libraries remain accessible following Government cuts of more than £1.1m, including libraries sharing a building to cut overheads.