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Committee vote secures sustainable high-quality home care service for all

Posted on Saturday 15th September 2012 at 9:54 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council.

Proposals to ensure a high-quality and sustainable ‘home care’ service for the district’s residents have been approved by South Gloucestershire Council’s Adults & Housing Committee.

Committee members voted in favour of a new model for the council’s in-house home care service which will see all care commissioned from the independent sector. As part of the model, the council will also continue to provide a vital ‘safety net’ for service users via an in-house ’emergency home care service’.

The new model will ensure that high-quality home care continues to be provided for everyone who needs it, while also maximising value for money at a time of rising service demand and public spending constraint.

Home care services are an important part of the council’s social care provision, helping people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible by providing support with personal care, shopping, cleaning and other household tasks.

At present, approximately 90 per cent of all home care in South Gloucestershire is delivered by independent sector providers and service user satisfaction ratings are consistently high.

The council’s review of its in-house home care services was launched in 2011 to test the current in-house service model against alternative options and to select an option that would deliver on quality and provide the best value for money.

Carried out with the participation of staff and trades unions, the review considered a number of options including maintaining an unchanged in-house service, remodelling the in-house service, or make greater use of external home care providers.

Officers will now consider how the decision will be implemented, with further details to be published in due course. This will include careful transition planning with existing service users to ensure that all their needs continue to be met.

More info: Adults and Housing Committee Agenda and Reports

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Council ploughs money into more care for the elderly

Posted on Thursday 31st March 2011 at 8:26 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council says it is ploughing an additional £2.7million into more care for the elderly.

This increased funding could mean an extra 300 – 400 people are able to live at home longer, thanks to investment in initiatives such as an additional 1500 hours per week of home care which will be available to those who need it and is on top of the 10,000 home care hours already provided by the council.

Cllr Matthew Riddle, executive member for community care and housing, said: “Even as the council makes its contribution towards paying off the national debt, we are putting in the extra funding to help hundreds more older residents stay in their own homes for longer, so they can avoid going into residential care for as long as possible.

“Our aim with this extra funding is to provide a package of care that meets people’s very individual needs and this budget will allow us to do that.

“Whatever form the support takes, the additional funding is invaluable in helping us provide additional support for more people and their carers. At every step we aim to give people the maximum choice and control over what help they have.”

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Council to stage jobs fairs for care workers

Posted on Saturday 19th March 2011 at 10:29 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, is holding two job fairs at the end of March for people interested in a career in Care.

The events will be held on Wednesday 30th March at Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate and on Thursday 31st March at Kingswood Library, High Street, Kingswood. Both events start at 10am and run until 4pm.

There will be a wide variety of organisations in attendance offering a range of full and part-time, temporary and permanent vacancies in Care, alongside a wealth of training and advice providers. Confirmed attendees include Jobcentre Plus, SeeAbility, Care Ambassadors, McKinnon’s, Care UK, Cardell House, Kenver, Elite Nursing, Wayside, The Grove, Seetec, City of Bristol College and Filton College.

These organisations will promote their vacancies face-to-face with potential employees, carry out initial screening or basic interviews at the events, as well as providing support to fill out application forms and write CVs. In addition, the council’s community learning service will be on hand to promote adult numeracy and literacy courses and the two colleges will offer Care-related courses for people to retrain or up-skill.

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Council improves support for carers

Posted on Sunday 27th February 2011 at 9:21 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council is improving the support it provides to the district’s carers with increased investment and a range of innovative ideas.

There are an estimated 20,000 carers in South Gloucestershire and the council recognises the huge contribution they make. The council, in partnership with NHS South Gloucestershire, has developed a Joint Carers Strategy that is designed to provide the very best support to carers. This strategy has been carefully developed incorporating feedback and comments from carers themselves.

The strategy aims to empower carers by extending more choice and control to them. One way of achieving this is to give carers direct payments so that they can arrange and pay for services, such as a carers’ break, how and when it suits them, rather than the council commissioning a service it thinks carers need.

Carers are also being helped in developing their own support networks –where carers themselves have a greater say in running and influencing the groups. The council has set aside nearly £100,000 to help set up these carers groups.

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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