Almost all of Scotland’s day care services cater for older
people or those with learning difficulties, according to the latest
statistical report from the Scottish executive.
According to a census of all day care services carried out in
March 2001, there are 640 day care centres registered in Scotland
providing a service to almost 22,000 people each week.
The study shows that 41 per cent of places are for older people,
the same proportion again for people with learning difficulties,
and the remainder split mainly between those with physical
disabilities or mental health problems.
Two thirds of day centres are run by local authorities providing
three-quarters of all day care places.
Almost 4,700 staff work in the centres, 60 per cent of whom are
care staff. In addition, 1,300 volunteers and 1,200 visiting
workers helped in the centres during the week of the census.