NORTHWICH has been chosen by Age UK as the town to pilot a new service which aims to take a more personal approach to day care for older people.

Currently being piloted in Northwich, Home from Home provides all the benefits of traditional day care but in a much smaller, homely setting.

It is perfect for loved ones who may be experiencing memory loss or who are not comfortable around lots of people.

At the same time, it offers carers the opportunity to take a break, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is being well cared for.

The new service has been pioneered by Northwich resident Vicky Rushton, who is passionate about giving dignity and respect to the most vulnerable and socially isolated within our community.

Vicky has worked for Age UK Cheshire for several years, running the Day Activities Group in Ellesmere Port.

Vicky said: “While Day Centres work well for some, there are too many hurdles for others to be able to access the social support that they need – fear of change, transport issues, unfamiliar surroundings and new people can all be difficult to face, whatever our age’.

“The ‘Home from Home’ concept is very simple. It is one friendly Host providing transport and facilitating the day for up to four older guests on a weekly basis from the Host’s home. Hosts will be employees of Age UK Cheshire so will have all the correct DBS checks and certifications.”

Although still in its early days, feedback so far has been very positive.

Carole Smith’s mum benefits from the service and Carole says she is delighted with the service.

Carole said: “I have been exceptionally delighted with the Home from Home Service. My Mum adores going to the session and is already benefiting greatly from the activities that she is involved in.

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“The host is patient, kind and extremely creative with the lovely day she prepares for her guests. I recommend the Home from Home service unreservedly.”

If you would like to find out more, please contact Vicky Rushton on 07467 045141, email’ or visit