Friendship and fun on offer for elderly residents

ELDERLY residents are being encouraged to visit a Morpeth facility for fun and friendship.

Age UK Northumberland has private places available at its day care centre in the town as part of its services to support people to stay in their own homes.

The centres were set up to help pensioners who, for various reasons, find themselves less active and unable to go out as much as they used to, which can often lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Those who attend will spend time with others, enjoy a cooked lunch and join in the range of activities that are available.

Age UK Northumberland Day Services Development Manager Elizabeth Simpson said: “Day centres make an important contribution to the lives of elderly people by acting as a preventative measure for problems caused by lack of social interaction and stimulation.

“They allow older people to continue to lead an independent life by allowing them independence and dignity through the activities and events provided.

“We have a number of vacancies for day centre places across Northumberland and would be delighted to hear from anyone who thinks that they or a member of their family would benefit.”

Service users are picked up from their own front door and met at the facility by teams of friendly and experienced staff and volunteers. There is also the opportunity for them to speak confidentially to staff members about any worries or concerns they may have about anything.

Potential service users will require an assessment, and the charge for private attendance at any of the charity’s centres is £25 per day, which includes transport, meals and refreshments.

For more information, telephone Elizabeth Simpson on 0845 140 0088.