What is Enhanced Day Care?
The Enhanced Day Care Service from Age UK Bolton has been launched in partnership with Bolton Cares Limited, Bolton Carers Support and Bolton Dementia Support, for older people in Bolton. The aim of this service is to keep older people living with dementia, and their carers as mentally, socially and physically active as possible and to prevent or delay a deterioration in their quality of life.
Services and activities are open to day care service users and in addition to local older people requiring lower level support. Through such early intervention, older people will be encouraged and supported to retain their independence, maintain their physical, mental and emotional well-being and in turn delay or prevent their need for day care and or costly (re) admission to hospital or residential care.
Why is this service important?
By offering a stimulating, supportive and engaging environment with creative and wellbeing activities, the service will enable people to remain at home for longer, maintaining their independence and sense of well-being. A feeling of belonging, being cared for and having something fulfilling to do with others is so important despite the limitations of age, memory loss or the impact of long-term health conditions. Bolton Carers Support is on hand to provide holistic support for carers to underpin their ability to continue to care and prevent carer stress and breakdown.
The service will significantly improve quality of life, as feedback from Age UK Bolton clients, day centre service users, their carers and family members evidences the valueand improvement to people’s sense of general wellbeing.
Where do activities take place?
The service is delivered across three day care centres in Bolton and in the community. The three centres are:
- Thicketford Day Care Centre in Tonge Moor
- Winifred Kettle House in Westhoughton
- Brazley Day Centre in Horwich
What activities are on offer so far?
We have developed, with our partnership organisations, a wide variety of activities for people living with dementia and their carers.
Some of the activities on offer include:
- A Carers Craft Group
- Art Therapy Workshops
- Beauty Therapy Sessions
- Carers Drop-In Coffee Mornings
- Chair Based Exercise Classes (at all three centres)
- Craft and baking groups
- Friendship Groups
- Gardening groups
- Holistic Therapies which include: Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Facials
- In Centre Hairdressing Services
- MP3 Music Sessions
- Music for the Mind; Singing and Percussion Sessions
- Pets As Therapy Sessions (with our volunteer therapy dog)
- Reminiscence Groups
- Touring Theatre
Volunteering opportunities and training
We would not be able to run our service without the help and dedication from our fantastic volunteers. If you would be interested in volunteering and facilitating sessions for the Enhanced Day Care Service then you will receive full bespoke training in your chosen area, along with Dementia Awareness training which will enable you to make the most out of your volunteering experience and ensure that it is enjoyable and rewarding.
Alternatively, if you have a passion, hobby or skill that might be of interest to service users living with dementia, or their carers, that you are willing to share, we would love to hear from you.
How to contact us
For more information about the Enhanced Day Care Service, please contact:
Lucy Bird – Community & Enhanced Day Care Services Manager
Telephone: 01204 337877 / 701525 or
Alternatively, please contact:
Heather Crook – Operations Director
Telephone: 01204 701525 or