8. Day centres
8.1 Day care centres, dementia cafes and other community group activities offer a vital service to those affected by dementia, learning disability and frailty. Many help to support carers by providing respite from caring duties.
8.2 Day centres should now be closed if they haven’t done so already. This will have a significant impact on individuals and carers who have relied on this form of support. Therefore in consultation with care managers and local authorities, service providers may want to explore ways in which they can support clients in different ways including at home. This may mean one-to-one visits, however staff should be aware that they must be vigilant about their own health and not visit clients if they feel unwell. They should prioritise only high risk individuals for support – those where they consider that there is significant carer strain, or risk of a caring situation unravelling.
8.3 Alternatives to 1:1 care or group meetings should be considered such as online support, telephone support or video calling. If services want to change the way they deliver care and support they can contact the Care Inspectorate using firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox.