New day care service opens in Motherwell

Staff at opening of integrated day service in Merry Street, Motherwell
Staff at opening of integrated day service in Merry Street, Motherwell

A new dedicated day care service to serve the people of Motherwell was opened in Merry Street earlier this week.

The £1.8m building on the site of the former Leslie House care home will provide care and health services for people over 65 with complex needs.

The unit offers a range of social care and health services for older people with complex needs and vital respite for carers.

People can visit on a short term or regular basis depending on their individual needs, and can enjoy meals and snacks prepared by staff in the modern onsite kitchen facilities.

The new complex was officially opened on Monday to replace the Airbles Road day hospital by North Lanarkshire provost Jim Robertson and will accommodate around 25 people each day.

Services include therapeutic supports such as medication reviews, physiotherapy, exercise groups, speech and language support and memory clinics.

People can also take part in social activities including games, arts and crafts and use of a landscaped garden area for mental stimulation and recreation.

Councillor Sam Love, convener of housing and social work, said: “This facility will provide a quality care service for those most at need.

“Integrated day care services are vital to support older people who want to live independently and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital and care homes.

“They will receive specialist care from health and social work professionals, including individual assessments and treatment to meet their individual needs.

“People will get a first class service and the unit will be a great resource for the people of Motherwell and beyond.”