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Older people have their say on future care home provision

Published
10.06.2019

At it’s next meeting on Wednesday 19 June,  council’s cabinet will be asked to approve a new approach to supporting older people in the county with more emphasis on specialist care home places to meet the needs of those with more complex conditions, whilst helping more people stay independent, and in their home, for longer.

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Demand for residential care home places is decreasing across the county, with more people choosing to remain at home for longer. As a result, the county council and its health partners wanted to look at the way they utilise care homes places in the county to best meet the needs of its residents. In 2018, they carried out a consultation with care home providers, older people and care home residents agreed by cabinet in June 2018.

The consultation showed:

  • Overwhelmingly, people wanted good quality care from friendly staff
  • 58 percent of older people said that they would always prefer to stay in their own home
  • Almost 80 percent of people had concerns about moving to a care home.
  • Losing independence and control over their lives and a fear of not receiving safe and good quality care figured significantly as a reason why people had concerns about moving to a care home.

The increasing availability of alternative forms of care and support which let people stay in their own homes longer means that people who require a care home place, often have complex or multiple care needs.

Vacancies for these specialist nursing care places are lower and as it is expected the need for them will increase, as the requirement for traditional residential placements decreases,  the council has worked with our NHS partners to look at how they can work together to meet this challenge and continue to provide good quality nursing care. If the plans are approved, it will work with providers to offer more places for people with complex needs across the county through the development of local plans and more short term places to support people who after a short stay, can return to their own homes and live independently.

Cllr Roger Wilson, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning said “It’s clear from what people have told us that they wish to keep their independence and stay in their own home where possible rather than move to a care home. Together with our NHS partners we will design a care system which supports these wishes and which also makes sure that people who have more complex, long term care needs can access the support they need locally, when they need it.”

You can read the full paper online here.

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