Fears over day care centre axe

.Ron and Joan Craddock at their home in Underwood who are worried that the Selston day Centre  may shut
.Ron and Joan Craddock at their home in Underwood who are worried that the Selston day Centre may shut

RELATIVES and users of Selston Day Care centre, which caters for the elderly, warned that many will struggle if the service moves.

Joan Craddock’s husband Ron, 76, suffers from dementia and travels to the centre from Underwood two days a week for activities and day trips.

“He’s come on tremendously since he’s been going there,” she said.

“It gets him out and the staff are brilliant with him. With a bigger place I’d be worried he won’t get the individual attention.

“Also I’m worried what would happen to the staff there who are so dedicated. It’s a shame because we couldn’t wish for anything better.”

Vanessa Siddon’s father Eric Mills, 80, used Selston Day Care Centre for four years before recently taking up a similar service offered by a nursing home.

A retired miner, Mr Mills enjoyed the centre’s proximity to his Selston home and its daily activities, which helped his battle with dementia.

“Without it we’d have struggled, its such an amazing place,” said Vanessa.

“People with dementia can’t always travel or adapt that well; moving them makes it harder for them and harder for the people who have to look after them at home.”

Margaret Straw, who has a friend using the Selston centre, has organised a petition to keep it open.

“I’m flabbergasted it’s happening at all,” she said. “It will have a big impact, people rely on it.”

Do you attend Scalby Close day care centre in Eastwood or the centre in Selston?

What do you think of the axe facing them?

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