Above: Cath Regan (left) with some of those receiving flowers on the day at the Brookdale.
Brookdale Resource Centre
Day care service for older people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Brookdale Resource Centre is situated in Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, Southport.
The council proposed to close it and move everybody across to another centre. A group was formed (Friends of Brookdale) to save the centre. After a strong and emotional campaign, the centre was saved in March 2015.
On 23rd June 2015 a meeting was held by the Friends of Brookdale group with Cllr Paul Cummins; also in attendance was Marcus Roberts from Sefton Council. Many questions were raised by the carers present.
Cllr Cummins confirmed back in June 2015 that money was available for the improvements needed, such as car park resurfacing and structural improvements. He stated that the council had a commitment to carers’ involvement in any changes/improvements and that we would work together on this.
Carers stated that concerns over referrals were slow to come through and that some professional agencies were not telling people in need about the service offered by Brookdale. Road signage was required and marketing was needed to ensure this essential service was easily found by people.
Friends of Brookdale also met on Thursday 27th August 2015 with Penelope Fell, Chief Operating Officer and Dave Hughes, Business Development Officer from New Directions.
Many items were discussed including the promotion and organisation of the services offered, quality of care, referrals and the lack of information sometimes from Health and Social Care.
Discussions began with the background of the Friends of Brookdale, which led into how carers found difficulties in balancing caring for a family member whilst working at the same time. Many relatives had needed to give up work in order to manage, which ultimately led to businesses being affected.
Relatives stated how the quality of care in nursing homes fluctuated greatly and how it was all down to the staff and continuity of care, which made the most difference.
The relatives present at the meeting stated that they found Brookdale by accident, Social Services and from the advice of nurses.
CALL FOR: CHILDREN’S UNIT AND ADDITIONAL DEMENTIA SERVICES FOR AINSDALE,SOUTHPORT
The area close to where the Brookdale is situated is in an appalling state of repair.
Why should you support this petition?
- The proposals put forward up to now have been a supermarket. Do we REALLY need another supermarket and in such a close locality to Ainsdale Village?
- By extending the services already offered by the Brookdale, it can give much more support to families and possibly offer longer care. Maybe even overnight care.
- Southport lost it’s children’s A & E services back in 2003. We need to get urgent care services back for the families. Ormskirk is too far away.
- Ainsdale is the prime situation for these health services, as it stands central to Formby, Southport, Crossens and Hesketh Bank.
- This is a large area and could hold all the much needed vital services that would help all ages.
- We already have a large Health and Wellbeing Centre (which I think is currently underused) and Dementia specialist care centre.
- If my proposals were taken seriously, then the effect on families would be groundbreaking and extremely positive for our whole community.
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