The sessions currently provide support for people with dementia, but the number of users attending the sessions has declined in recent years. The sessions held at Hayter House in Romsey are at around 40 per cent capacity. Those delivered from the Ramscote Centre in Petersfield are currently operating at around 35 per cent capacity.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “Proposing to end a service is never easy. However, with fewer and fewer people attending each day, the service has reached the point where we feel we would be better able to support people through individual arrangements, tailored to their own personal needs.
“We recognise how important it is that people living with dementia receive the right help, so should the decision be to end the service, our dedicated care staff would work with those who are still attending day sessions and their carers, to discuss the type of support they would like to receive.”
The consultation opens on Monday 13 November 2017 and closes at midnight, on Sunday 7 January 2018. It is open to everyone to respond.
During the course of the consultation, those who attend day sessions and their carers at both venues will have the opportunity to meet, on a one-to-one basis, with senior managers from the County Council to discuss the proposals, as well as the alternative support services available in the area.
It is also planned that the proposed new Extra Care Housing schemes for older people in Romsey and Petersfield will contain facilities that could be used for day services or similar activities.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst will consider the feedback from the consultation, and the proposal to end the services, at her Decision Day on 13 March 2018.
Hampshire residents can provide their views at www.hants.gov.uk/consultations