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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

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
Feb 13, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Feb 5, 2017 cheryl hammill
Jan 23, 2017 Nina Domergue
Jan 22, 2017 sara elkins
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2017 Nancy Wein
Dec 28, 2016 Martina Rimbaldo
Dec 28, 2016 D C
Dec 28, 2016 Carole Kubik
Dec 25, 2016 HOWARD BLOCK
Dec 14, 2016 Goldie Antelman
Dec 14, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 2, 2016 Agnes Knorr
Nov 24, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 6, 2016 Laurie Casey
Nov 4, 2016 Patricia Vazquez
Nov 4, 2016 Eve Delmonte
Oct 26, 2016 Anthony Charles
Oct 23, 2016 Alice Burns
Oct 16, 2016 Anthony Hostetter
Oct 13, 2016 Agnes Hetzel
Oct 2, 2016 annette florence
Oct 2, 2016 Thomas and June Esposito Dementia patients need services.
Oct 2, 2016 Lyssa Twomey
Oct 2, 2016 Carol Stout I am a home care provider in Oregon, USA. I have seen the need that families have for my services and the services of places like Patey Day Care Centre. We have more need of places like that here also. Families need the break these type of places give.
Oct 2, 2016 John Chambers
Oct 2, 2016 Jacqueline Tierney
Oct 2, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please keep this centre open
Oct 2, 2016 Christina Vawser
Oct 2, 2016 (Name not displayed) I understand the challenge managing government finances but please engage with the community and residents of Portsmouth to find alternate fund-raising methods in order to keep this vital service available! Thank you.
Oct 2, 2016 Kathryn Fenn
Oct 2, 2016 Lynne Pitts Such an excellent and desperately needed facility should not be cut nor closed!
Oct 2, 2016 John Finnigan
Oct 2, 2016 Maureen Finlon Do not cut off this care that these families need!
Oct 2, 2016 Therese Monse The benefits of this center far outweigh any financial gains that might be met. This facility is a role model for others, and should not face any sanctions!
Oct 2, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2016 kim kensinger
Oct 2, 2016 ANA MARIA
Oct 2, 2016 Melanie Faulkner

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