THE proposed closure of a day centre for disabled residents in South Ruislip has angered carers who rely on its services.
The ruling Conservative cabinet at Hillingdon Council voted last month to close three of the boroughs six activity centres for the disabled, including Phoenix Day Centre in Bourne Court, which has 29 registered users.
The council said it wanted to provide more supported-living accommodation by converting the day centre sites least well used. It would save s4.5million each year.
But Harefield resident Betty Fabb, whose 29-year-old son Chris needs 24-hour care for his rare metabolic disease and epilepsy, said the closure of Phoenix would cause major upheaval in her life and severe distress to her disabled son.
Mrs Fabb, 64, said: We were told that he was only the eighth person in the world to be diagnosed with this rare disease. He cannot talk, walk, stand, drink, needs to be spoon-fed his food and fed overnight, and is doubly incontinent.
Chris goes to Phoenix Day Centre five days a week during school term time, and has three nights a month respite, which helps us have some independence.
As I work at a school, I care for him full-time during the holidays, as well as in the mornings and evenings after work. This is becoming increasingly difficult as I get older and I sometimes struggle to get through a day.
To now hear via our local newspaper that the day centre is to close is devastating.
Mrs Fabb said Chris found travelling long distances stressful, and she would have to give up her job to care for him full-time if Phoenix closed.
She added: Chris has also been asked to attend a Department for Work and Pensions assessment interview with regard to stopping his incapacity benefit and get him in to work.
This is just crazy.
In its Disabilities Commissioning Plan 2011-2015, now out for consultation, the council said the needs of all service users at the affected day centres Phoenix, Woodside in Hayes and Parkview in Hillingdon would be reviewed.
The councils deputy director of social care, Neil Stubbings, said: These proposed changes will enable service users to have greater independence through offering care to suit their specific needs and is in line with central government directives.
Families and carers will be fully involved in the process to review how the needs of individuals and their carers will be met.
Over the next two months, consultation meetings will be taking place and those affected can also have their say on the council's website or by calling us directly.
A final decision will be made in January 2012.