AN ELDERLY care campaigner and Cheshire woman of the year nominee is calling on the councillors to back the day care centres.
Lelia Potter, who is director of the Bunbury Care Agency and has campaigned tirelessly for Alzheimer's Care and care for the elderly for more than 40 years, said she was shocked and angry that Age Concern Cheshire have decided to pull funding and support from the day centres.
Last week MP Stephen O’Brien launched a petition along with members and volunteers at Eddisbury’s day centres asking Age Concern Cheshire not to pull out of the centres until and alternative organisation has been found to take them over.
Leila said: “The Day Care Centres are essential to both the mental and physical wellbeing of this vulnerable section of society.”
Leila said she does not believe the suggested Supporting You service would not work for the most frail elderly people who need the support.
She said: “I fully support the Supporting You service for some members of society but the day centres have worked so well for elderly people in society why stop them.”
Leila added: “To deprive them of the joy of meeting friends and suggesting they have a rota of helpers who will take them shopping etc will be impossible to work successfully, for example, if Mrs Jones wants to go out she contacts the Carer giving a date. If the carer cannot do it, Mrs Jones has to telephone another carer. This suggested system will fail – we are letting down a much respected elderly generation. The council must find the finances to do their duty.”
Leila said: “There must be some money that the council can use to support this vital service.
“I suggest that all councillors join together and fight for the rights of their voters. The councillors’ voices are strangely silent in the press.”