Day care centres offer a chance for older people to go out and socialise with other older people. All day care centres offer a range of stimulating activities for people to take part it, and some of them also provide helpful services such as hairdressing, nail-trimming, and assisted bathing.
Day care centres also offer the opportunity of a day’s respite for carers – especially in situations where you do not yet feel a care home is the best plan.
There are many day care centres across Kent. Age Space has compiled a guide to the available centres and what they have to offer.
Day Centres for the Elderly
Age UK Day Care Centres
Age UK run day care centres throughout Kent, with some providing more extensive services than others. Below you will find more information about what you can expect in terms of day care from each branch. To find your nearest centre you can enter your postcode on the Age UK Website.
Age UK Ashford
Age UK Ashford’s Joe Fagg Community Centre offers a sociable day out for older people. There is a good range of entertainment and activities, with singing, dance performances, board games, and arts & crafts groups. They also offer freshly-prepared cooked meals and hot drinks.
Telephone: 01233 668765
Age UK Canterbury
The Canterbury Day Centre is open from 9.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. The centre runs a range of exercises designed to help both physical and mental health, as well as offering a cooked lunch. Age UK run four minibuses that can collect people from their homes in Canterbury and the surrounding villages, and drop them off again afterwards.
Telephone: 01227 462368
Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne
There is one day centre in Faversham, and one in Sittingbourne. Activities at the centre include chair-based exercises, singing, bingo and quizzing. There are also card and board games. They also offer door-to-door transport for those that need it.
Faversham Telephone: 01795 532766
Faversham Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sittingbourne Telephone: 01795 477520
Sittingbourne email: email@example.com
Age UK Herne Bay
Age UK Herne Bay run The Bradbury Centre, where older people can socialise with people of a similar age. The centre is open 7 days a week, from 9.00am to 4.00pm. A freshly-prepared meal and door-to-door transport is included within the cost of the day.
Telephone: 01227 749570
Age UK North West Kent (Dartford and Gravesend)
Age UK North West Kent’s ‘active living’ day services are available from their two centres in Dartford and Gravesend. Activities at these day services include arts & crafts, board games and bingo. On top of this, they offer a range of health and wellbeing services including nail-cutting, hearing tests and postural stability classes.
Telephone: 01474 564898
Age UK Maidstone
Age UK Maidstone’s Day Care service includes a two course hot lunch and refreshments. There is also the opportunity to join in a range of activities such as bingo, raffles and quizzes. The day at the centres run between 10am and 2pm. There are four centres run by Age UK Maidstone: one in Parkwood, one in Barming, and two in Shepway. The price is £14.20 for the day including lunch and refreshments. To register you can either call them or complete the online referral form below.
Telephone: 01622 753618
Age UK Medway
Age UK Medway operate two day centres, in Gillingham and Strood. The Chris Ellis Centre covers the Rochester, Strood, Cuxton, Cliffe and Hoo Peninsula, whereas The Mackenney Centre covers Gillingham, Rainham and Chatham. There is a wide range of activities on offer during the day, including cooking and reminiscence groups, quizzes, and light gardening activity. Age UK Medway day centres also offer hairdressing, foot care and bathing services.
Strood Telephone: 01634 724745
Gillingham Telephone: 01634 380195
Age UK Sevenoaks and Tonbridge
Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge operate three day care centres, each providing older people the opportunity to meet new people and receive a nutritional hot meal. For more information about the activities and services provided at each of the centres, click on the links below.
Other Day Care Centres in Kent
Breton Court, Ashford
Breton Court provide day care between 10AM and 6:00PM, which includes both lunch and supper, as well as other drinks and refreshments. Activities and games take place throughout most of the day.
Telephone: 01580 762797
Cottage Day Care Centre, Darrent Valley
Located in Darrent Valley, The Cottage Day Care Centre is open from Monday to Friday. They offer hot lunches and a wide range of activities, including knitting, theatre visits and – of course- bingo. Beyond the entertainment, they also have a visiting optician, exercise coordinator, book lady, and gift shop.
Telephone: 01322 666448
Riverside Day Centre, Dover
The Riverside Day Centre in Dover is open Monday to Friday, 9:00AM until 4:00PM. Part of their offering is the Riverside Lunch Club which includes a two-course hot meal and tea or coffee for just £6, and is a great chance to socialise with other older people.
Telephone: 01304 207 268