USERS of a learning disability day centre in Aberystwyth have been having to go without deliveries of hot dinners as part of a pilot scheme.
The Cambrian News reported “Council chiefs have defended the move at Canolfan Padarn on Llanbadarn Road saying it is a part of a review of day centres which will help to identify how services should operate in the future.
But there is said to be concern amongst staff members and friends and families of service users that it could see the future of the day centre cast into doubt.
A member of the public, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “They used to have a kitchen, but they closed that and made the cooks redundant, with all meals coming from a central kitchen.
“The centre has now been told that no hot meals will be delivered at all and users either have to take in packed lunches or go to the council office for lunch.
“The people who go to the centre need specially served meals, some of different softness. The council canteen can’t do that.
“These clients are being put at risk of choking.”
A council spokesperson said: “Social care are committed to ensuring that the planned day care review will be an opportunity for service users, their carers and staff to co-produce and shape future service provision.
“Canolfan Padarn provides opportunities for service users to develop their independence skills and accessing the community is a key aspect of this work.
“It was agreed to pilot the option for service users to use Canolfan Rheidol for lunch provision last week, with some deciding to eat their own lunch at Canolfan Padarn and others deciding to visit locations in the town to have lunch.
“This provides opportunities for service users to socialise, and develop self-confidence, decision-making and money-handling skills” here.