Changing day services: Do you agree?

Martin Campbell

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Models of day services for people with intellectual disabilities in Scotland are changing, with the purpose, content and availability being reviewed. There has been concern that a move to more flexible “alternative day opportunities” is driven more by reduced budgets than a policy of modernising day services in response to individual needs.
During a day services review, a questionnaire was used to rate and to collect views on existing services from 60 carers, service users and staff. This included evaluating day activities available, care plans, opening times, transport and the most valued aspects of existing day services.
Respondents indicated general satisfaction with existing day services, although half believed that day services should be reviewed. The most valued parts of day services were forming and building friendships, and a safe place to go.
Day services are highly valued by families and service users. Recommendations are made for a robust and transparent review process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-215
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number3
Early online date27 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


  • Day services
  • Day opportunities
  • Evaluation


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