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Age UK Sheffield seeks urgent Hurlfield View solution

05 December 2016

Age UK SheffieldLocal charity Age UK Sheffield is seeking urgent talks with Sheffield City Council over the future of services for people with dementia and their carers following the announced closure of Hurlfield View.

 

Hurlfield View is a specialist respite dementia centre at Gleadless Common, which is due to close at the end of March. It currently provides 70 day places and 20 respite beds. Today it was reported that 3,000 people have signed a petition to keep Hurlfield View open.

 

Age UK Sheffield also operates a specialist day centre for people living with memory loss and dementia, supported by the Council. The charity is seeking talks to expand its service to accommodate some of the service users who will be displaced when Hurlfield View closes, and is willing to move its operation to Hurlfield View or another suitable site.

 

Age UK Sheffield Chief Executive, Steve Chu, said: “It is clear that the current services provided by Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust at Hurlfield View will end in their current form in March 2017. I am concerned that there are not enough day services in Sheffield for people living with memory loss, nor is there enough support for carers, many of whom are older people themselves. We would like to work with the Council to find a way to increase the amount of good quality services available if possible, either at Hurlfield View or at other suitable sites.”