A NEW day centre service for dementia sufferers and their carers will open its doors next month.
Based at Maidenbower Community Centre, in Harvest Road, it has been established by West Sussex County Council, as it changes the services it provides for people with complex and long-term social care needs.
The service has been set up following the council's decision last year to reassess the social care needs of thousands of adults.
The decision was made to stop providing support for adults deemed to have only "moderate" needs – saving millions of pounds in the process – while setting up more specialist services for those with "substantial" or "critical" needs.
The new Maidenbower service will provide activities, personal care and advice for its users.
An open day to showcase what the new service will offer is being held tomorrow from 10am to 6pm.
Peter Catchpole, the council's cabinet member for health and adults' services, said: "We have worked very hard to develop the service at Maidenbower for local people to access.
"We want to support customers to help them find a level of independence despite their many complex needs."
People interested in visiting the centre on the open day are being asked to call 01293 885156 beforehand.