£6m disability care centre planned for Oxford

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A new multi-million pound care centre for people with profound disabilities has been set up in Oxford after council cuts will see centres in the area be cut from 22 to eight back October.

Rachael and Ian Scott-Hunter hope the £6m care centre will plug gaps created by austerity. The centre will offer daytime support to people with disabilities including hydrotherapy and physiotherapy and will also provide end-of-life care.

Centres in the area have been criticised for forcing elderly people and disabled people to share buildings and facilities and concerns are growing after the council said it was looking to save £3m by cutting back centres.

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The project has been backed by founder of the world’s first children’s hospice in Oxford, Sister Frances Dominica.

Council spokesman Paul Smith told the Oxford Times: “Anybody with an eligible assessed care need is guaranteed to continue to receive a service, whether or not that service is provided from the same building as currently.

“We recognise how important it is to provide continuity and consistency for people who have complex and diverse needs, and to ensure that this is tailored to meet the individual needs of each person using the service.”

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