THE COMPANION CENTRE
SMALL PERSONAL INDEPENDENT CARE SPECIALISTS.
Age Concern Bracknell Forest sets out to inspire and support our elderly community. Established in 1979, we are an organisation driven by progressive care. We believe that nobody should be discriminated against and that carers deserve respite.
Our centre is open Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm. We offer supportive care and stimulation to those who need it.
We are fully dementia-friendly, our centre lends itself to the condition along with our dedicated care team who have substantial experience in supporting those diagnosed.
We pack a lot into a day! with multiple group activities like games, crafts, quizzes, bingo, fitness and more. We have films and music all worked into our entertainment schedules to keep everyone entertained. We encourage participation but don't insist on it. Our care team actively encourages relationship building and conversation.
All our members have individual support plans, key workers, and their behaviours and diet are monitored in a none intrusive way. This enables us to communicate and clearly measure any deterioration that carers, families or representatives may need to be aware of. We hold formal reviews periodically to ensure we are as open and transparent as possible.
In our small independent setting we give personal care to keep carers/families minds at ease that their loved one is safe with us.
CALL NOW: 01344 - 422048
CURRENTLY WE HAVE SPACE!
Our spaces go fast so be sure to make contact if interested.
Here at Age Concern Bracknell Forest, we can be flexible to meet the needs of our service users. Whether they join us for one day or five. Deciding to access care services can be a scary prospect, but it doesn't have to be. We try to make the transition as stress-free as possible. When you entrust a loved one to us they will be safe, secure and cared for by a dedicated team. We provide regular updates and reviews on our service users to keep you fully informed as part of the journey. If you are in any doubt, or worried on any day give us a call or drop us an email, and we can put your mind at ease. Call our centre manager to talk about visiting the centre. We offer a trial period and work with our client's representatives to make sure our companion centre is the correct care setting. We understand that care is 24 hours a day, and here at Age Concern, we are happy to give advice, guidance and signposting support. We also understand the value of respite for carers, so feel free to call in.
RESPITE FOR A PERSON WHO CARES FOR A RELATIVE IS IMPORTANT
Short-term respite care can give carers the break they need to indulge in hobbies, interests or simply to re-charge the batteries.
FOOD & ACTIVITIES
Age Concern Bracknell Forest is a Non-Profit Organisation providing a holistic approach to supporting those in need and their carers. We offer a variety of stimulating activities during a day at the Companion Centre all designed with our clients in mind to ensure our offer is enabling for all.
HOT MEALS & DESSERTS DAILY
Each day a hot meal is provided (included in our fees). This meal is balanced and of nutritional value. Each day the menu changes, with alternatives for those who don't like the sound of the dish of the day. Lunch is served around midday and followed by an indulgent pudding. We are able to meet most dietary needs. Menus can be provided by the centre manager.
Every day there is a constant flow of stimulating activities. These are aimed to appeal to all and are enabling as opposed to disabling. We have dedicated areas for art-based therapeutic activities. We have space for music, games, group quizzes and activities. We have specialised daily schedules designed to keep all activities as varied and bespoke as possible.
We provide refreshments all day long. We have the kettle on from the moment the doors open to the second they close. There is a variety of specially balanced fruit juices available daily, along with water and cordials all available throughout the day and upon request. We offer healthy snacks and less than healthy snacks that seem to be a big hit! Sometimes we involve everyone baking treats for each other! We are lucky to be supported by Marks and Spencers and Greggs both donating us with vital foods.
FUN THINGS HAPPENING:
Our local nursery school visits us for games and crafts with our members.
FISH AND CHIPS!
We are using a local business to bring our members their favourite dish!
We are currently fundraising to turn an unused room into a fully functioning cinema screen room!
Thames Valley Police visit us to support their officers training. Our members love teaching them a thing or two!
A close friend /volunteer of Age Concern brings their trained therapy dog to visit regularly.
Working with local educational providers we offer student placements to help train the next generation of carers.
Download our 'Statement of Purpose' for all the information about our companion centre, including fee's, staff training, ethos of care and more. You can download our poster to show a friend or relative or share however you like! You can also download one of our sample menus to get an idea of the food we serve.
The Answers You Need
IS THERE TRANSPORT?
Answer: We do offer mini bus transport. The bus is limited to certain geographical areas, with a limited number of seats. Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. The mini-bus provision is a charitable extra and free to users who can access it. The mini-bus has a passenger assistant who ensures the safety of those on-board and supports clients getting on and off the bus.
IS THERE A FEE TO ATTEND THE DAY CENTRE?
Answer: Yes. Fees are currently set to £45 per day. This includes everything, there are no hidden fees.
DO YOU TAKE PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA?
Answer: Yes. Our building is fitted with dementia in mind. Our staff have substantial experience supporting those diagnosed with dementia and most of our current members are diagnosed.
DO YOU HAVE TO DO ACTIVITIES?
Answer: No. We have multiple activities happening daily. We aim to have something that appeals to everyone. However, we appreciate some people just want to relax or continue a conversation with a friend, all of this is perfectly fine with us! There is never any pressure to participate.
WHAT SNACKS ARE ON OFFER?
Answer: Age Concern Bracknell are lucky to have support from Marks and Spencers and Greggs who provide us with an array of fruit, biscuits, bakery items, sweets, cakes, breads, cereals and more. One promise we can make is that nobody ever leaves hungry at the day centre!
MY RELATIVE TAKES MEDICATION DURING THE DAY, IS THAT AN ISSUE?
Answer: Members of our care team are medication trained. We have locked storage to keep medication with restricted access. Key workers make sure medication is taken. There are some forms of medication we are not allowed to hold on-site / or administer. Call our centre manager to ask for more details.
CONTACT AGE CONCERN BRACKNELL FOREST
27 World's End Hill
Head Office: 01344 - 428074, or for The Companion Centre: 01344 422048