Transforming Day Care in Clogher
01/10/2014Day Care services for older people in Clogher and South Tyrone have been improved to help them maintain daily living skills and to live as independently as possible, says the Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s Director of Older People and Primary Care Services Angela McVeigh.
“Our service users at Clogher Valley Day Centre have told us that they want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, be more involved in planning their own care and be well informed about the options available to them,” she said.
“Our aim is help older people maintain their skills so that they can stay independent for as long as possible and feel good about themselves. Some older people who attend Clogher Valley Day Centre have a range of complex health problems such as dementia or a physical disability, others benefit from the social connection as they experience isolation in this rural community. Carers also benefit from the respite offered and are enabled to sustain their caring role.”
Social care staff in day care support Social Workers and other health professionals to achieve personal outcomes for each client. They organise activities to build older people’s self-esteem, develop new skills and offer on-going support and encouragement
“By providing a wide range of stimulating and therapeutic activities, our day care social staff are helping older people to maintain and retain their independence,” the director adds. “All activities at Clogher Valley Day Centre support healthy ageing with a focus on healthy diet, physical activity programmes and the prevention of falls.”
One service user said: “I enjoy all the activities provided. It’s important for me to keep my mind active and coming to the Centre helps my independence.”
Another service user said: “I love coming here as it makes me feel safe. I have opportunities to meet with others, make friends and I don’t feel as lonely.”
Martin Stevenson, Manager of Clogher Valley Day Care Centre, explains: “We recently redesigned our service based on feedback from clients and to ensure we could meet new needs such as longer length of day at the centre and a greater range of therapies and activities. This has resulted in positive feedback form clients, better use of staff resources and improved attendance.”
A carer adds: “Having a longer day at Clogher is important as I am a carer for my husband and the respite offered through his attendance at the centre is essential. It helps me to keep going and the support from the staff is terrific.”
Attenders Evelyn Nobel, Moyra O’Hanlon, Margaret Woods get nutritional advice from day care support worker Patricia McElroy
Pictured are Edgar Ewing and Eddie Hamilton during an armchair relaxation session with Isobel Johnston from the Department of Recreational and Creative Studies at South West College who work in partnership with the centre on a range of health programmes.