Aberdeenshire councillors are being recommended to rationalise service delivery and the staffing structure within its day care services.
A report went before councillors at a meeting of the council’s social work and housing committee on Thursday also asking them to introduce eligibility criteria to ensure effective allocation of resources.
In a report to Thursday’s meeting, Adam Coldwells, chief officer of Aberdeenshire health and social care partnership, told councillors that the emphasis for the future should focus on enablement to those most at risk of requiring long-term care and to those with significant need.
“Sixty-five percent of respondents currently using day care site social interaction as the main reason for attending,” he stated.
“This outcome could be met through other streams for clients with no other associated needs.”
As part of the review, councillors heard that three service users from Inverurie Day Centre were invited to attend a local tearoom for a social outing as opposed to having a more structured day.
“Feedback was very positive with old friends being met by chance. The group was reluctant to leave having found the afternoon very enjoyable,” he said.
“Following careful consideration around logistics of transport and evaluation of potential demand using population statistics and predictions we recommend that we provide this type of community based support in Banff, Stonehaven and Peterhead and will continue to build on the pilot success in Inverurie.”
Mr Coldwells said in order to provide this type of service the council would create four new posts of Day Care Outreach Worker.
“These changes will ensure that day care is provided to those people who are most vulnerable and ensure that the service provided can meet personal outcomes,” he said.
“There are recognised benefits of operating day care services from current sheltered and very sheltered housing complexes including improving socialisation opportunities, supporting community capacity and potential costsavings.
“It is recommended that due to the rising level of tenant need within very sheltered housing and the large capacity of the day services in Banff, Mintlaw, Turriff and Fraserburgh that opportunities should be explored where possible and that numbers should be limited at these day services. We propose that 10 external services user should be the maximum in any given day,” he added.