Adult day care centre ready to welcome new members following £65k refurbishment
- Credit: Nick Butcher
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
For more information about the facility and the services it provides visit www.theotiumcentre.co.uk or call 01502 568855.