Older people's day centres in Powys to close on Friday
March 18, 2020
Day centres for older people in Powys are temporarily closing on Friday (March 20th) in response to the Covid-19 virus. This decision will be reviewed in due course.
The day centres that are affected are:
- Park Day Centre, Newtown
- Maesywennol, Llanidloes
- Arlais Day Centre, Llandrindod Wells
- Arosfa, Brecon
- Canolfan, Ystradgynlais
- Day Centre at Bethshan, Newtown - Closed already. Please note this refers to the day centre element only.
- Ann Holloway Welshpool - Closed already
- East Radnor Day Centre, Presteigne
- Hafal Crossroads, Machynlleth - Closing today (Wed March 18th)
Cllr Myfanwy Alexander is Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Social Care with the council. She explained: "In difficult times like these, we have to make some tough decisions. We know very well how much our day centres are valued by those who use them and by their families but our priority has to be the safety of the vulnerable. We have plans in place to support people in their own homes and I will greatly look forward to calling in for a cup of tea when the service is resumed when the crisis is over."
The council is putting in place support for those people who will require a meal and personal care, which they normally receive at the day centres. We would ask that the people of Powys consider elderly people in their communities who may be at risk of isolation and reach out to them by telephone at this difficult time.
In addition, Welshpool's Day Centre has advised that they are offering hot meals to others in the community, as are Hafal Crossroads in Machynlleth. Bethshan will continue to support by providing meals to the clients who would have attended the centre. Please contact them directly regarding this.