Day care centres

Day care centres

Many older people can feel lonely or isolated without an opportunity to fill their days with
meaningful activities. Research has shown that one way to alleviate loneliness and promote
wellbeing and independence is to provide regular social contact and a focus for activities.

Day care centres give people the chance to have a change to their routine, meet new people, take up an activity or receive specialist services such as chiropody or hairdressing. There is a wide variety around the county, catering for older people, people with mental health conditions,
learning disabilities and dementia. Transport to and from centres can be arranged through Adult Services or Age UK Essex amongst others. Centres can be as important for carers as
those attending as they allow for a regular break from caring. Attendance can be free, although
transport and meals must usually be paid for.

If you are eligible, you may be able to have a personal budget.