£440K package announced by Milton Keynes Council to modernise day services for older people

Councillor Long
Councillor Long

Last Tuesday Milton Keynes Council agreed a £440,000 funding package to start the process of modernising Day Services for older people; with a particular focus on supporting people with dementia.

“I am committed to modernising Day Care services in Milton Keynes,” said Councillor Nigel Long, cabinet member for adult social care.

“Existing ‘tired’ services at Manor Road and Cripps Lodge will be replaced by a new Day Care service that will provide the best possible services and support for vulnerable adults with complex needs such as dementia.”

The council will be investing in the modernisation of an existing council owned property in Simpson. The space currently operates as a music centre and is being relocated to West Bletchley.

The new day care will be just two minutes’ walk from the Five Acres Care home, recently purchased by the council, and will focus on the needs of people with dementia.

“We will have two excellent services in one location allowing a sharing of services and the opportunity for sharing staff,” Cllr Long said.

The Council has a growing reputation for developing its dementia care and support services.

There are high quality dementia services already at Courtneys Lodge on Furzton, Flowers House at Bletchley Park and Kilkenny House, Westcroft.

These are backed up by first class specialist home care services.

“In agreeing to develop a new Day Centre at Simpson we are continuing to develop further our support for people with dementia,” Cllr Long added.

“There is growing demand as the MK population ages. We aim to have comprehensive, high quality and integrated services in place to meet this challenge.”