Day care services allow people to develop skills and participate in a wide range of activities both within a day centre setting and the wider community. These may include independent living skills, arts and crafts, outings, personal relationships, sports and leisure pursuits as well as education and employment opportunities.
- 44 per cent of day care places are in services catering primarily for people with learning disabilities
- A further 41 per cent of places are in services catering for older people
- Day care services also cater for other client groups such as physically disabled people and people with mental health problems
- Almost two-thirds of day care services are run by local authorities and almost three-quarters of places are in local authority run facilities
- There were over 4,700 staff working in day care centres in Scotland at 31 March 2003, 60 per cent of these were care staff
- In addition, 1,000 volunteers and a further 1,170 visiting workers helped out in centres throughout Scotland during the census week
More information on community care in Scotland is available in the publication: 'Scottish Community Care Statistics 2002', available on the Scottish Executive website.