Day care and support
Day services for older people
Day services can help you keep active, meet with other people and give your carer a break. You may only need these services for a short while, for example to regain confidence after a fall or spell in hospital. If you think you need day services, you can contact Social Care Direct to ask for advice or to arrange for us to assess your needs.
This video shows you just some of the day services available across the city for older people.
Types of day service
Lunch clubs usually run for two to three hours and offer a hot meal. Normally you will contribute towards the cost of your meal and transport, if provided. Lunch clubs are offered throughout the city.
Day centres can offer activities, classes and day trips. Your personal care is free of charge, transport and meals are provided, usually at a low cost.
You can find day services and lunch clubs near you in the Edinburgh Choices directory.
One to one care means that someone comes to your own home to help you to get out and about or support you in activities at home. They can help you with personal care and other needs as required.
Small group care means that you meet with 2 or 3 older people once a week in a paid carer's home. You can enjoy each other's company or go out to places of interest.