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On July 7, 2014, the Patey Day Centre scored a significant, but temporary, victory as the Portsmouth City Council agreed to keep the facility open for an additional year while they seek a permanent source of funds to support this critical resource. Sign today to show your support for the City Council's effort to find a long-term solution for the Patey Day Centre!
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Sponsored by: The Alzheimer's Site

Along the southern shore of the United Kingdom, in the historic maritime town of Portsmouth, the Patey Day Centre has proudly served Alzheimer’s and dementia patients since its founding over twenty years ago. During a time when Alzheimer’s care often takes a back seat to other high-profile diseases, the Patey Centre’s services provide an invaluable resource for patients and caregivers alike in the city’s northern district of Cosham.

Unfortunately, the City Council recently put the Centre’s celebrated services on the budgetary chopping block, a short-sighted move that would sacrifice quality care for temporary fiscal relief.

According to the City Council’s own Dementia Action Plan, they should be expanding services to accommodate their growing need — not shrinking them. Further, the Council should focus on preserving the intimate care and much-needed familiarity of places like Patey Centre. The nearest comparable service would only add a confusing and unfamiliar cross-town commute.

The Centre’s fate stands as a symbol of common budgetary compromises, local and state governments sacrificing Alzheimer’s research and relief for short-term cost-cutting tactics that ignore the long-term economic impact of the disease. Losing Patey without a suitable replacement would only provide temporary budget relief at the cost of permanent damage to the patients, their families, and progress in the struggle against Alzheimer’s disease.

Join the thousands of residents who are rallying to defend the critical day center. Show your support for the Patey Centre as well as Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers everywhere — sign below!

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Dear Cllr. Lynne Stagg, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, and Mr. Robert Watt, Head of Adult Social Care:

I find the Portsmouth City Council’s recent decision to close the Patey Day Centre without first identifying a suitable replacement to be disheartening. Any city government is obligated to balance the desires of constituents with the realities of governance. The currently proposed plan, however, would sacrifice quality services for dementia patients and caregivers for temporary fiscal relief.

The Council Officer’s Response (31 January 2014) justifies this move by citing a decline in “current usage” of such facilities. Yet the council’s own Dementia Action Plan for 2013/2014 (version 9 – 02/02/14) anticipates a 30% increase in diagnoses in the next year alone.

The same document, meanwhile, offers ambitious promises to make Portsmouth “a dementia friendly city” where people “feel included in our local communities.” Yet the lack of a similar service in Cosham would force residents to scramble in a cross-town commute in a race for less space at the Royal Albert Centre. This undermines the desire for a “community based service provision” outlined in the plan.

Saving public funds is an admirable goal, but not when the long-term social costs outweigh the temporary fiscal relief. In light of the growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s as well as the Council’s own recommendations, please reconsider your approach to this delicate matter. Your decision not only will benefit the people of Portsmouth but also will provide a model for other local governments to follow, ensuring quality care elsewhere.

Petition Signatures

Aug 2, 2018 Diana Dupree
Jun 27, 2018 Vasilique mountzouris
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Anna Hinnenkamp-Faulk
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Feb 20, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Feb 5, 2018 Kimberley Clack
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
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Jan 26, 2018 Jodi Ford
Jan 21, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton
Dec 18, 2017 Susan Fisher
Dec 9, 2017 Kelly Smith
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Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
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Oct 2, 2017 Anna Krohn
Sep 20, 2017 JOAnn Evans
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Sep 5, 2017 Lynda Kerr
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Jun 11, 2017 Elizabeth King
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 8, 2017 Kris Peterson
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
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Jun 5, 2017 Tina Tine'
Jun 4, 2017 Cynthia Super
May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
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Apr 15, 2017 Lorri Goldman
Apr 8, 2017 Dawn Simon
Apr 3, 2017 Micki Sutton
Apr 2, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Mar 26, 2017 Marsha Croner
Mar 14, 2017 Mick McMahon
Feb 26, 2017 Mike Biggs
Feb 15, 2017 Brian Le Flem
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Feb 5, 2017 cheryl hammill
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