They will pinpoint gaps in service provision that day centres may incorporate into their service models such as, opportunities for outreach, assessments or clinics operated by social care or the NHS to take place at day centres and opportunities for day centres to provide support at key times (such as after hospital discharge, direct referrals to safeguarding teams, or certain services, for example; toenail cutting, bathing, handyperson schemes, welfare rights). They will also identify other community-based services that provide short breaks for carers, to see if these can be consolidated or used to maximise provision.
The study findings will be disseminated widely by closely from the start with national stakeholders (National Voices, Think Local Act Personal, Care Provider Alliance, unions, professional bodies) and other NIHR ARCs to maximise the synergy of this study, in particular joining with ARCs working with care homes, since many homes offer day services options.
Day Services Research Forum
As well as carrying out research, the researchers in this theme are establishing a Day Centre Research Forum. The Forum provides an opportunity for researchers, people working in the field and others with an interest in the area to gather and discuss quality of provision and care, and to network with each other. The primary focus is on day centres for older people, and others with care and support needs, including those arising from dementia, complex disabilities or long-term conditions, end of life support needs, and homelessness. The forum meets twice a year. Read more
Caring in Company: a pre-Covid snapshot of day centres in south London
Day centres provide vital support to the health and wellbeing of people with social care needs who want to continue to live at home. The report: Caring in Company: a pre-Covid snapshot of day centres in south London reveals how difficult it is to find information about these services. With websites an increasingly important information source for us all, work is needed to make day centres more visible to those who may benefit from them.