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Day care services for older people

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Older people who have become quite isolated socially can enjoy the company and activities on offer at our day care centres which have trained staff to provide personal care and support.

All our day care centres are comfortable, modern, purpose built facilities with areas for group activities and private rooms for personal care.

They are designed to:

  • keep people active, involved and stimulated
  • provide a nutritious lunch
  • help reduce loneliness and isolation
  • provide a break for carers

Some of our centres are geared towards supporting people with dementia.

Day care can play a useful part in helping to maintain an older person in their own home and places are only offered after a care assessment. You can complete our Social work enquiry form or contact your local social work office to request an assessment.


In addition to assisting with personal care, we provide a range of activities including:

  • quizzes and games
  • visiting entertainers
  • chair exercises
  • arts and crafts
  • day trips


We also encourage the sharing of memories by running reminiscence sessions, which helps promote mental activity and maintain communication skills.

What to expect

At your first visit, you will be greeted by your key worker who will show you around, make sure that you settle in and will be your contact for any questions you may have.

Support Plan

Your key worker will prepare a personal support plan with you, which will include an overview of your likes and dislikes and any needs they can assist with. It will enable you to express what you hope to gain from your attendance and how you are going to achieve it. This will be shared amongst staff who will take these considerations into account.

Benefits of attending

If you live alone, having regular social contact reduces the risk of any deterioration in your health and wellbeing going unnoticed. If staff notice a decline in your health, or ability to perform daily tasks, they can arrange for a review of your assessment of need and your support services adjusted accordingly.

Do I have to pay?

Day services are subject to our charging policy. How much you contribute towards this cost will be decided by a financial assessment.  We will always take into account your ability to pay.

There is a directory of day care centres run by the Council which gives you information about how to contact our centres. All our Day Care Centres are registered and inspected by the Care Inspectorate. Please visit their website for more details.

We are currently under a review of Day Care services and this includes updating our Brochures and Service User Agreements, however all of our centres have Welcome Packs that will give you more information on what you can expect from a day care service.

For more information on our day care centres you can watch our video.

We are strongly committed to meeting and improving our standards and quality of services. The views of those who access our services are sought in a variety of ways; postal surveys, focus groups, carer groups and consultation events.  For more information on our Day Care Focus Group watch our film.

The Scottish Government published the new Health and Social Care Standards that set out what you should expect when using health, social care or social work services in Scotland. They seek to provide better outcomes for everyone and to ensure that individuals are treated with respect and dignity and that the basic human rights we are all entitled to are upheld.

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