Day care centres offer a range of activities including singing, arts and crafts, light exercise, guest speaker talks – all of which contribute to a healthy well being. They facilitate an opportunity for older people to get out and socialise, when they might not usually. The person you care for can attend the centre regularly, usually one or two days a week. This provides valuable time off from your caring duties.
Day centres are run by a range of organisations including local charities, councils and care homes in the area. Some provide additional services such as health checks and personal care. Centres can be specialised to cater for wheelchair uses, those with poor sight, or those with dementia.
Day Centres for the Elderly in Hampshire:
Age Concern Hampshire Care & Wellbeing Centres
Age Concern’s Care and Wellbeing centres across Hampshire offer a day care service. They can help with practicalities such as bathing, meal times and personal care and also provide a social environment to meet others.
Staff are trained to provide support to those with a range of physical and mental health needs, including dementia. Day care packages are flexible and can be tailored around what works best for you and your loved one.
Your relative may be eligible for funding or a referral from Hampshire Adult Health and Care. The general Hampshire Age Concern Information Team are able to help you with this.
Telephone: 01962 868545
For an overview of prices and services offered, please click here.
Websites for the 11 Age Concern day centres are provided below. From there you can find local contact details, more details on services and opening times, and book a taster session.
Age UK Day Centres
Similarly to Age Concern, Age UK run popular day centres that aim to improve the quality of life for older people and help them to retain independence. Trained staff and volunteers run a wide variety of exciting activities including singing, quizzes, gentle exercise, arts and trips out. Meals and practical services are also available.
Age UK Portsmouth run The Bradbury Centre. Services provided include a cafe, foot-care and beauty treatments. Visit their website for more details, contact and opening hours.
Age UK Isle of Wight run a variety of day care services based around building skills. Click on the scheme below for times and contact details to sign up:
- Active Minds Social Clubs (Newport, Lake, Ryde) – Puzzles, music, games, gentle exercise and quizzes to keep the mind healthy and active. Members are also offered lunch.
- Digital Inclusion Drop-In Sessions (Ryde, Brading, Shanklin, Newport, Freshwater, Seaview) – Basic digital support and advice in a friendly environment. The elderly are welcome to pop in with technology questions and have a cup of tea while they learn. The service is free.
- Men in Sheds (Newport, Totland, Shanklin, Sandown, Brading, Bembridge, Brighstone) – Spaces for local men to work on projects, learn new skills such as music, and feel part of a community (especially important in combating loneliness).
Southampton Living Well Centres
In 2018 local charities Social Care in Action and Age UK Southampton joined resources in partnership to launch Southampton Living Well. By bringing together local community groups, the scheme aims to support people living in Southampton who are frail, elderly or living with Dementia to enjoy life to the fullest. There are 5 hubs in Southampton, each with their own activity timetable and opening hours, which can be found here.
If your elderly relative is eligible for Southampton City Council funding, please contact the Adult Social Care team on 023 8083 3003 or email email@example.com, for a referral.
If you or your elderly relative, will be paying the service directly, please contact 023 8051 6021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Someone from the team will then arrange to visit your relative to carry out an assessment focusing on transport, well being, activities and support to work for your needs and within your budget.