Day care for older people

We provide day care for people aged 60 and over who are finding it difficult to manage in their own homes, because of frailty or ill health. Daytime support at a centre can often mean you can stay in your own home and within the community you know. Keeping you independent through supportive care is the aim of the service.

What happens in a day centre?

Day centres are busy places, based in the heart of the community, where a variety of activities take place. These are some of them:

  • personal care
  • a hot meal (special diets can be catered for)
  • arts and crafts
  • a chance to meet and chat with others
  • outings and special events
  • gentle exercise.

Not everyone wants to join in, and we respect your wishes if you want to keep to yourself. We also take into account religious and cultural needs. By being with you in this way, we can also keep an eye on your physical health, and work with our colleagues in the health service. This is to maintain your health and well-being.

How do I get day care?

Through a social work assessment, where a social worker visits and asks questions and listens to you, to find out what help you need. Unfortunately we cannot help everyone, we aim to help those who have the greatest need and we measure this using certain standards, which we call ‘eligibility criteria’. Once it has been agreed a service can be offered, an introductory visit will be arranged.

How do I get there?

If you are unable to make your own arrangements, there is a transport service for an additional charge.

Please contact Access Bolton on 01204 338027 to arrange an assessment.

What about older people who have memory problems, such as dementia, or mental health problems?

We have day centres specifically for you or the person you care for. Staff are trained to be sensitive to the needs of these older people. Please see our page on dementia for more information on this subject.

Is there a charge?

There is a charge for our services. The social worker will explain this when they first meet you.

List of Day Centres for older people

Thicketford House
Thicketford Road, Bolton BL2 2LW
Phone: 01204 337537

  • We are open 364 days a year. Two days a week we have a specialised service for people with dementia and mental health needs.
  • The centre is a hive of activity – including entertainment, reminiscence sessions, and an art group, to name a few.
  • You can learn computer skills, including e-mailing relatives abroad.
  • We offer an active carers support group, with a dedicated worker.
  • For people who want to sit quietly, we have a sensory garden.

Winifred Kettle Centre
Leigh Road, Westhoughton, BL5 2NE
Phone: 01204 337365 or 01204 335034

  • We are open 365 days a year from 8.45am to 5.15pm. Two days a week we have a specialised service for people with Dementia. 
  • We offer personal care, respite for carers and social activities.
  • Snacks, a two-course hot meal and transport to and from the centre are available at a nominal charge.
  • A bathing service is also available and a hairdresser visits once a week.

Brazley Centre
Cedar Avenue, Horwich BL6 6EU
Phone: 01204 332822

  • We are open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and offer places to older people. Local people, over the age of 65 are also welcome to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat.
  • Carers are supported with advice and information.
  • The centre prides itself on its friendly atmosphere, putting people first and maintaining independence and dignity.
  • Local schoolchildren often come in and play chess and card games and join with the activities.

Bolton Cares also provide day care services.