ALTHOUGH Kirriemuir Day Care has operated out of Glebe House in Kirriemuir since 1979, there is a feeling that people in the community are still unaware of what the service has to offer.
For that reason, an open meeting has been organised for Wednesday, September 5, from 5 to 7 pm at the centre for those who feel they may benefit from attending the service, as well as their family members.
Former Angus Councillor Ian Mackintosh, vice-chairman of the Day Care Centre, is encouraging anyone interested to go along on the night, to meet with staff and to discuss what is on offer.
He highlighted the important role the centre plays in the lives of Kirriemuir’s ageing population, with various activities taking place on a daily basis.
He also outlined the social aspect of the centre which ensures the elderly do not become isolated in their own homes.
He told the Herald: “There is a feeling that, despite Day Care running since 1979, there are still lot of people who don’t know what Day Care is or how it is funded.
“We are trying to encourage people to come along, to enjoy a glass of wine, to better understand what Day Care is about and how it is so important to Kirriemuir’s ageing population.”
He explained the centre, which operates out of a former manse from Monday to Friday, is funded through an Angus Council social work grant, although the centre does carry out its own fund-raising events throughout the year.
Mr Mackintosh continued: “We are always raising money for things and had a nice fete in the summer to raise funds.
“When Day Care started it was initially for those seeking some respite, but now it offers support for people who would otherwise be sitting in their own home who are needing that little bit extra care. We have people coming in every day, many who have dementia. Day Care is an invaluable resource for the ageing population.
“The centre allows people to come in, some under their own steam, some in wheelchairs and others who are collected by mini-bus, to relax and to have people look after them; then they go home. At the moment we are open five days a week and people can come in in various stages.”
Mr Mackintosh pointed out the service is completely different from Age Concern which operates in the town centre.
He added: “Day Care is a stage beyond that but it’s not residential or nursing care, we are just giving a little bit of help to a spouse or family member who is looking after somebody elderly at home, or to an elderly person who is looking after themselves.
“The open night is not a fund-raising night, we are just asking anyone interested in finding out what Day Care has to offer to come along, have a chat and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles.”