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Luton Borough Council

22/10/2020 - Have your say on proposed changes to older people’s day care services

Luton Council is facing a significant shortfall in its finances because of the Covid-19 crisis through a devastating drop in commercial income which funds over a third of council services.

We have to achieve £4.5million of savings across adult social care services and are seeking views on proposed changes to older people’s day care services.

Over the last two years the take up of day care provision has been steadily reducing, therefore we are proposing to significantly change the way day care centres are accessed and used. Our aim is to support older people to have a better quality of life by identifying their skills and abilities as well as their social and community networks that they can access so that we can help them to achieve their goals.

p>Our proposals will give older people more choice regarding the activities they undertake and the support offered.

Our draft proposals include:

  • reviewing the needs of all people who use the day care services and identifying other types of more personalised support in the community tailored to their needs as part of our side by side programme
  • revisiting the criteria for older people’s day care placements so that it meets the needs of people with advanced dementia, complex needs, and their carers, who require three days of support or more
  • permanently closing two day care locations - St Monica’s where the building is old, very expensive to maintain and has been closed since October 2019 and Betty Dodd where a 300 per cent rent increase is proposed
  • placing older people at Jill Jenkins Day Centre and Colwell Court Day Centre where there is extra capacity for some additional people to move there 
  • ceasing the Farley Day Centre weekend service due to the severe decline in the number of people using the service

The consultation is open until 18 November, and people can submit their views in a number of ways:

  • by completing a survey online
  • requesting a paper copy or other formats such as easy read, large print
  • attending an online Zoom meeting on Wednesday 28 October 7pm to 8pm to hear more about the proposals and the chance to ask questions

To attend the online meeting or to request the survey in another format or language please call 01582 548553 or 01582 548554 or email [email protected]

Dedicated telephone lines (01582 548553 or 01582 548554) have also been made available during the consultation period for service users and carers to raise any concerns they may have and to ask questions, these are available on:

  • Monday 26 October 10am to 12pm
  • Tuesday 27 October 3pm to 5.30pm
  • Thursday 29 October 11am to 12.30pm
  • Friday 30 October 1pm to 3pm

Cllr Javed Hussain, portfolio holder for adult social care, said: “We recognise that this is a very difficult time particularly for older people and carers who are having to deal with the impact of COVID-19.  We are being forced to make some very difficult decisions, however, despite the budget cuts, our proposals will ensure we can continue to help those most in need. It will also give many older people more flexible and personalised support and more choice and rely less on providing activities or services that are based at the day centres.

“We particularly want to hear from service users and carers so they can tell us how our proposals would affect how they access the support they need before a final decision is made.”

The responses to the consultation will analysed before a report goes to Executive in February 2021 for a final decision.

Currently, the day centres have remained closed to protect people from the spread of COVID-19. However the situation is being continually reviewed to determine if re-opening some services to a small group of people is feasible.

For more details about the consultation proposals visit our consultation portal

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