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Day care

Sometimes older people who live alone may feel socially isolated, spending long periods of time without any company. They may have home carers going in once or twice a day, but this is often the only company they have and the time between visits can be very lonely. To them, our day care centres give them an opportunity to get out and meet people. They can help people to establish a new social circle and enjoy the companionship of others, which can often lead to lasting friendships.

Living well in later life

The services our day care centres provide can truly enrich the lives of those using them, which is so important now more than ever. They help and support elderly people who often live independently in the local community, helping them to live well in later life.

They are also ideal for people caring for relatives at home, who need a regular break for some ‘me time’, with the peace of mind of knowing their loved one is in safe hands and enjoying a break of their own.

Day care services for older people enable people to embark on new friendships, in a setting where they feel relaxed. With activities, delicious home-cooked dinners and an abundance of tea, coffee and freshly-baked cakes and sweets – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Sanctuary Care residents Bonnie and Eileen


What are day care services?

If someone is interested in going to a day care centre, a member of our dedicated team will spend time finding out more about who they are, what they enjoy and their needs. For example, someone may live with dementia and find reminiscence activities therapeutic and engaging, or another client may use a wheelchair and need a little more practical support.

With a taster day, you can have a sneak preview of what you can enjoy, to see if it’s for you.

At our day care centres, we offer morning, afternoon and full-day sessions. Local elderly people can enjoy a wide range of activities tailored to what they enjoy doing, as well as trying new experiences too. The sessions are flexible to people’s choices, whether you fancy a particular morning each week or would like to come along every day.

Sanctuary Care resident Gordon smiling

Sample activities

  • Music and singing
  • Puzzles and games
  • Gentle exercise
  • Quizzes
  • Reminiscence
  • Arts and crafts

One of our day care managers says the service is a wonderful way to reduce social isolation.

“Some people live alone and may only see a carer twice a day, so the social side of this is really important. It’s so nice to see friendships growing. People ask about each other if someone isn’t there one day and it’s really lovely to see.”


Hear more from our day care centre clients

“I would come every day if I could, I am a wheelchair user and it is very difficult for me to get out and meet people. I am surrounded by neighbours where I live, but my wheelchair makes it difficult to meet them. Coming here I have room to move around in my chair and I have made some good friends.”

“It helps me to relax coming here, I love the quizzes and being able to listen to music. I enjoy coming to meet my friends.”

Are there day care near centres me?

We have homes across England and Scotland, many of which provide day care for older adults. Please use the map below or take a moment to complete the accompanying enquiry form. Alternatively, our Enquiry Support Team are here to talk on 0800 1383 684.


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