Poole Plus Services for Older People operates from a site on Commercial Road close to Poole Park and the Civic Centre.
We aim to promote independence and enhance the quality of life of those who attend. We want people to enjoy coming and treat everyone who attends with dignity and respect, and see them as valued members of the community.
Accommodation and Services
We operate seven days a week, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm; with two sessions each day, and Saturday 9.30am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm with one session each day.
Over 150 attend and live within the Borough of Poole community. In usual circumstances Poole Day Centre offers support and care to those 60 years old or above. However, all care is provided to meet individual need and therefore a specific age is not a pre-requisite to receiving these services.
Everyone who attends is regarded as an individual. Our key-worker system ensures everybody has a dedicated worker who they or their carers can refer to as and when they wish. Key-workers get to know their clients well and are there to support, provide information and monitor their clients according to their different emotional, personal care and mobility needs
To complement our staff team, we have a number of invaluable volunteers who assist with activities, serving beverages and lunches. It means we are able to provide a wider activity base, and also allows staff to concentrate on some of the more complex needs of individuals.
Our centre is also registered as an approved placement for students, and we have good links with local schools and colleges. Whilst we are able to provide work experience and learning opportunities in social care for study purposes, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, we also benefit from the students’ contribution to the staff team. Students have found their experiences useful and have enjoyed working with the different groups. We have qualified assessors on site who are able to provide witness testimonials for student portfolios.
A team of 31 staff provide an excellent range of activities and assist with individual needs. These activities include:
For mobility: skittles, roller-ball, golf, shove halfpenny and music and movement
For mental stimulation: discussion, quizzes, and reminiscing
For social interaction: painting, drawing, well-being activities including manicures, topical discussions, nutrition group – cooking and planning and table games such as dominoes and cards, themed event days and cultural awareness events, visits from local schools
A choice of activities is available during the morning and afternoon sessions. Our activities are always popular with our clients, and whilst aiming to promote mental and physical stimulation, we encourage social interaction so that friendships can be formed. We see this as important since many who attend live on their own, and /or have limited access to social outlets.