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Adult day care centre ready to welcome new members following £65k refurbishment

PUBLISHED: 16:17 04 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:17 04 January 2018

Ivan Johnson (right), Carol Johnson and Clive Morris have converted the former Oulton medical centre in to a day care centre for adults with special needs.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Ivan Johnson (right), Carol Johnson and Clive Morris have converted the former Oulton medical centre in to a day care centre for adults with special needs. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A state-of-the-art day care centre for adults with special needs and learning difficulties has risen from the ashes of a disused medical centre in Oulton.

Otium centre user David Carter with Melanie Coote in the American style diner.
Picture: Nick ButcherOtium centre user David Carter with Melanie Coote in the American style diner. Picture: Nick Butcher

The Otium Centre, in Meadow Road, has undergone a £65,000 refurbishment and is now ready to welcome new members.

Owners Ivan and Carol Johnson and Clive Morris used their own savings to pay for work because they wanted to provide a “dynamic and upbeat” day care experience for those in need.

Carol Johnson with the Hot tub that has been installed into the Otium centre.
Picture: Nick ButcherCarol Johnson with the Hot tub that has been installed into the Otium centre. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Morris said: “We want to set the bench mark for day care provision, providing the best quality and the best care.”

Former occupiers Oulton Medical Centre were closed down by the Care Quality Commission in 2015 after serious concerns were raised about the service and the risk it presented to the patients.

Ivan Johnson, Carol Johnson and Clive Morris have converted the former Oulton medical centre in to a day care centre for adults with special needs.
Picture: Nick ButcherIvan Johnson, Carol Johnson and Clive Morris have converted the former Oulton medical centre in to a day care centre for adults with special needs. Picture: Nick Butcher

In December The Otium Centre received accreditation from Suffolk County Council and is now able to accept referrals from Adult Social Services as well as those with personal budgets.

The centre aims to develop valuable life skills for members by providing new experiences.

Lauren Coote working with Otium centre users.
Picture: Nick ButcherLauren Coote working with Otium centre users. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Morris said: “Everyone has their own identified goals to help them develop in the best way they possibly can – it’s their choice what they do and what they want to achieve.”

Members can develop communication skills in the media room, get creative in the craft room, enjoy sensory baking in the life skills room or simply relax and have fun in the cinema and performance areas.

Ivan Johnson, Carol Johnson and Clive Morris have converted the former Oulton medical centre in to a day care centre for adults with special needs.
Picture: Nick ButcherIvan Johnson, Carol Johnson and Clive Morris have converted the former Oulton medical centre in to a day care centre for adults with special needs. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Morris said: “The activity isn’t the end, rather it is a tool to enhance skills they already have and provide them with new skills.”

A fully equipped sensory wing containing a ball pit, a trampoline for rebound therapy and a hot tub for hydrotherapy, has also been installed.

Ivan Johnson, Carol Johnson and Clive Morris have converted the former Oulton medical centre in to a day care centre for adults with special needs.
Picture: Nick ButcherIvan Johnson, Carol Johnson and Clive Morris have converted the former Oulton medical centre in to a day care centre for adults with special needs. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Johnson said; “It enables those in wheelchairs to experience different motions allowing them to move their body to move without fear of injury.”

The Otium Centre is hosting a ‘Grand Open Day’ showcase on Saturday, January 20, from 10.30am to 3pm.

Otium centre users creating crafts.
Picture: Nick ButcherOtium centre users creating crafts. Picture: Nick Butcher

For more information about the facility and the services it provides visit www.theotiumcentre.co.uk or call 01502 568855.


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