Age UK Camden is making changes at its Henderson Court Resource Centre in Hampstead to move the model closer to that of its award winning sister day centre at Great Croft, Kings Cross.

There will be an increased emphasis on supporting people with care needs, including those with dementia and complex needs. Older people attending can have their fees paid for by Camden Adult Social Care (if assessed as eligible) or be ‘self-funders’. The day rates paid by Adult Social Care currently vary from £25 to £65 depending on the level of need.

Age UK Camden’s CEO Gary Jones said: “We have liaised closely with Adult Social Care to make sure there is a good fit in our model with the Council’s own plans. There will also be opportunities to expand the service again when the council builds an ‘activity’ pavilion onto the centre to be shared with the adjacent sheltered accommodation. In the shorter term, we are also considering how we might run other activities out of core day care hours.

Janet Guthrie Age UK Camden’s Chair added: “The changes are needed to reduce a deficit and fit in with social care changes locally and nationally. Every service user will be supported through the process of assessment and benefit checks by our advice staff and Adult Social Care. More generally, Age UK Camden supports 9,000 older people each year. Other services include advice, drop in coffee mornings, dementia wellbeing, befriending and computer training.”