Day-centre closure as part of care shake-up

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Declining use of a South Yorkshire day centre for elderly people means the facility is set to close as part of a shake-up of care services.

Barnsley Council’s cabinet has approved plans to ‘reshape’ provision of day care, which is used by 150 people, from next year.

At a meeting, councillors heard the costs of keeping under-utilised centres open would ‘hinder the service adopting changes requested by users and providers’.

The proposed closure of Highgate Day Centre, combined with other measures, ‘will support changes to be implemented, plus improve choice and control for users’ care and support needs’, officials claim.

The council says there had been a decline in use of day-care services over the last 12 months, with many running at less than half their capacity – as well as the need to modernise buildings.

Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokeswoman for adult services, said: “The changes to modernise the service will ensure we can offer people the choices they want, providing a variety of stimulating and varied day activities tailored to support their needs.”