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Council to focus on helping people regain independence and remain in their own home

Published
10.06.2019

Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet is being asked to agree new ways of working to support people following an illness, injury or as they become more frail, putting a greater focus on helping them to live independently for longer.

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The Enhanced Independence Offer (EIO) will support people who are struggling to manage their day-to-day lives following a stay in hospital, through disability or deterioration in their health. It will enable more people to go home from hospital or be supported in the community without a need to go into a care home.

For example, an individual who has been in hospital may be discharged to the home first/reablement service to receive help regaining, maintaining or improving the skills they need to live independently. Others may need help with therapy needs, or simply to make sure they can make their own meals. The service will also make sure that those who need further help will know where they can go for other ongoing support, advice and guidance.

The proposals are in line with wider work being carried out by the local Integrated Care System (ICS)  which sees the council working more closely with their partners to better support residents across the county, with the right care in the right place at the right time.

Cllr Roger Wilson, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know that more residents in the county want to live independently, in their own homes, for longer, and evidence shows that homebased care more generally leads to better outcomes for people. 

“By simplifying how support is provided we can make better use of available resources and speed up discharge from hospital, with people returning home and receiving therapy led support, maximising their potential to live independently for longer.”

You can read the full cabinet paper online here.

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