CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after a commitment was made to keep The Patey Day Centre open for another year.
Portsmouth City Council has decided to run the dementia care facility in Cosham from September for 12 months while seeking to find a new permanent provider.
The authority will take over from Care UK, which it has been paying £160,000 a year to run the service, and staff from its adult social care team will carry out duties.
While the council has not revealed the full cost of the new arrangement, it said it would not be more than the Care UK deal.
It comes as great news to Patey users and their families as they feared the site would be shut before an alternative is found, leaving them nowhere else to go.
As reported, a new venue for the Patey centre has to be found in the long run as Edinburgh House – which it is part of – is being demolished to make way for a new care home at East Lodge Park in Farlington.
The council felt it wouldn’t have been right to get rid of a well-valued service before another permanent provider and a new venue was found in the long term.
Ellie Savidge, whose mum Elaine Taylor uses the Patey service, said: ‘We are delighted because it will mean a continuity of care for my mum and other residents. It’s also a commitment by the council to find an alternative site in the north of the city. It will cost the council money to keep Patey open, so there has to be a positive end result.
‘We are looking at ways to support the next phase of Patey.’
Cllr Donna Jones, council leader, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to do this. This is a public service people are saying they need.
‘It has a “home from home” feel.
‘We’ve made a commitment to keep the Patey centre open for another year, but we will also be looking to find an alternative provider in the meantime.’
Cllr John Ferrett, Labour group leader, who fought to keep the centre open, said: ‘We are pleased we have been able to work with the council leader to keep it open for another year.
‘We will want to look at the funding arrangements, but we have been assured that it’s manageable within the council’s current budget.’
The Lib Dems, when in power, had wanted to close the Patey service and move its 31 patients to the Royal Albert Day Centre in the centre of Portsmouth.
The proposal would have saved £100,000, but families felt it would have resulted in a poorer service.