If you are arranging day care, there are some things you should bear in mind before making a decision on the provider. You can download the list below at the bottom of the page.

  • Location: where is the day care centre and how long will it take to get there?
  • Transport: what are the transport arrangements to and from the centre? How long will the journey take?
  • Ownership: who is it run by? A local authority or charity?
  • Costs: what costs would your relative have to pay? There might be a charge for attendance, plus additional costs for meals and transport.
  • Meeting special needs: can the centre cater for any specialist needs that your relative has? For example, do they cater for disabled people or those with dementia?
  • Food: are meals provided? Can any special dietary needs be met?
  • Activities: what sorts of activities are offered at the centre? Would your relative enjoy these?
  • Visiting: can you and your relative visit the day centre before making any decisions? This will give you a chance to look around and chat to staff and residents.

Downloadable checklist

Use the link below to download our checklist for arranging day care.

More information

Page last reviewed: 31 August 2015
Next review due: 30 November 2016