London residents fight for elderly care

Posted on 27 July 2011

Those choosing a care home in Greater London are protesting over the reduction in the number of options following council plans to close one establishment.

According to the Hounslow Chronicle, local authorities in the region want to Chiswick Day Care Centre, which caters for pensioners needing healthcare services, as well as similar centres for disabled and mentally ill people.

Groups of angry residents gathered outside of Hounslow Civic Centre last week (July 12th) as members of Hounslow Council met for a crucial cabinet discussion regarding the closures.

Mary Macleod, an MP for Brentford & Isleworth, said: "I am very disappointed by the decision on Tuesday night to support the recommendations outlined in the scrutiny report that proposes the closure of Chiswick Day Centre."

Recent research from Penn State and Virginia Tech in the US showed that adult day care services significantly cut the stress levels of family caregivers, while dementia patients have fewer behavioural problems and improved sleeping patterns.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

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