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A phoenix from the ashes: care centre set to re-open

16th Jan 2014

The premises, which will initially be open Monday to Friday, from 10am until 4pm, will also offer a hot meal an refreshments, plus bathing facilities.

The owner of Bridgewater Day Care, said: “I knew the centre when it was running as a council provision and I thought it was a great thing for the local community and it was well respected. When it had to be shut down following council cuts, I felt passionate that I wanted to bring it back into ongoing use for the community to use.  There will be respite for carers of loved ones who are elderly or have a dementia so they can have a day or two off during the week.  It is also a place where elderly people or those with dementia can take part in activities and meet other people similar to them as there will be lots of engagement going on.  We also have a bathing service for people who are less mobile, as there is a hoist in the room.  Clients will also receive a nutritious meal and there will be biscuits and refreshments served throughout the day.  We will have visits from outside parties, with reiki, yoga, and reminiscence sessions.  This is going to be a vibrant community place and I hope people will get as involved as possible.  We hope to be up and running as soon as possible.”

Refurbishment is ongoing with the opening of the centre targetted for April 2014.  An open day is expected to take place in early February for people to sign up to become members and join the waiting list, with a view to become fully operational soon after.

A recruitment drive is ongoing, for a day centre manager and care support staff.

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