Disappointment Over Axing Of Park House Lunch Club

Park House

Park House

There’s disappointment over the Council’s decision to axe their weekly luncheon club for the elderly at Park House.

And some islanders who attended are unhappy at the lack of consultation over the change by Community Services.

They say they were informed of the decision in a letter, which explained that Park House staff have increased responsibilities and can no longer provide the Friday food at the Council-run residential home.

But in response, the Council says they did suggest that anyone who felt the decision was detrimental should ask for a “possible assessment of need.”

Relatives of affected users, who didn’t want to be identified, say they are worried that the suggested plan to send the pensioners to a pub or café instead isn’t appropriate, especially as those premises could be busy during the season.

And its felt that Park House has more appropriate facilities, such as handrails and disability-access toilets, and trained staff on hand.

They say that the weekly lunch was more than a meal, but was a social occasion for elderly members of the community and Park House residents alike.

In a written statement the Council Press Office state that they are fully aware of the importance of social interaction for older people and are exploring other means of facilitating lunch clubs in consultation with the voluntary sector.

They didn’t offer any more details but they say they haven’t signed a contract with any potential provider.

We asked the Council whether they were doing this to cut costs.

They say their motivation isn’t financial and if anyone has any ideas on how the Council could put on a luncheon club, they should contact Adult Social Care.