‘Hurlfield’s an invaluable part of her life’ – Sheffield’s last dementia respite centre under threat

Support has been gathering on social media for Hurlfield View dementia respite centre, after council bosses confirmed that it would close by March 2017.

A petition encouraging the council to reverse their decision has been shared widely and currently has over 3,000 signatures.

Sheffield City Council ended Sheffield Health and Social Trust’s (SHST) contract to provide dementia services over a year early, as it was meant to continue until September 2018.

One person said on facebook: “Hurlfield View provides a vital service as both a care home and respite provider, helping hundreds of vulnerable people and their families per year.

“If the council’s plans go ahead, these people suffering from such a horrible disease will have nowhere to go.”

Hurlfield View provides care for day patients with dementia, with activities that help to maintain their interests and well-being.

It also offers respite care, to give carers some time off from their responsibilities.

Another person posted on facebook: “My beautiful nan has dementia and uses this place for day centre and respite. It’s an invaluable part of her life, and ours as a family too.”

Sheffield is expected to have 7342 people living with dementia by 2020.

A spokeswoman for the Sheffield Health and Social Trust said: “We are very sad that we are no longer going to provide this service.

It is a highly valuable service and it helps a very vulnerable group of people.”

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive of the Sheffield Health and Social Trust said: “Our ability to provide the level of service required within the finances available has become more and more challenging.”

“For some time now Sheffield City Council’s plan has been to provide dementia day care and respite services within the community, closer to people’s homes and for it not to be centred around a facility.”