Consultation about the Melrose Day Centre in Shotton
The results of a consultation about the future of services at the Melrose Day
Centre in Shotton will be discussed by councillors this week.
Flintshire County Council currently provides day services for older people five
days a week in four main centres – Melrose, Marleyfield House, Croes Atti and
The Old Brewery.
The service provides both dementia and generic day care across all the centres.
Day services help keep people at home for as long as possible and meet the
needs of respite care, to support carers as well as the cared for. The average
age of people attending day services is 85 years old.
The Melrose provides mostly generic day care and, over the last year, occupancy
levels for people using the generic day care service have dropped. The building
is also in need of capital funding.
The consultation provided an opportunity to work with all service users and
their families, to listen to their views about the Centre’s future, to assess
the needs of those using the facility, and see whether alternative support
could be provided, if appropriate.
Over 75% of people who use the Melrose, and their families, took part in the
consultation, which featured four options, which are listed in full in the
committee report. Although there was clear support for option one, supporting
the status quo, there was acceptance that the second option - to transfer the
day services to a new organisation – also had merit, provided that this
accommodated all service users within the new premises.
The consultation will be discussed at the Social and Health Care Overview and
Scrutiny Committee meeting this Thursday (14 May) where Members will be asked
to consider the outcome of the consultation. The final decision regarding
future provision of day care will be made by Cabinet.
Councillor Christine Jones, Cabinet Member for Social Services said:
The Council recognises and understands the vital role that day care plays in
supporting carers and vulnerable people, and we are keen for that support to
continue. We have listened to our service users and their families and we
remain committed to ensuring that each persons individual circumstances are
considered. However, as a result of the unprecedented financial pressures
facing us, all services are under careful scrutiny to determine how we can
design our services to meet the needs of our local communities at a cost we can
afford in todays financial climate.”