Changing care to meet demand
Helping people to live more independently and offering specialist care for people living with dementia are the county’s priorities for the future of adult social care.
Now councillors are being asked to approve plans to consult on a new approach to commissioning care home options to help deliver this strategy.
The county council’s 2018/19 budget for adults in the Medium Term Financial Strategy is £133.2m, which is 32.2% of the overall council’s budget.
With the number of over 75’s in Gloucestershire forecast to increase by 49.1 per cent between 2018 and 2030, the demand on services is going to continue so it is important that the county council is able to offer care that meets these demands.
The council and partners have a good record of promoting independent living. By helping with home adaptations, equipment like grab rails or ‘telecare’, people are also able to stay living in their own homes where possible too. Because of that, those who do need residential care are likely to have more complex needs like dementia, which needs more specialist care.
In Gloucestershire there is a shortage of this specialist accommodation and an over-supply of some care home provision. With 14 care homes in the county with less than 80 per cent occupancy rates, there is a need to review what is on offer.
The council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group want to work closer with the care home market to help meet the changing demands. By offering alternative forms of care to help people stay independent for longer in their own homes, it will need care homes to focus more on supporting people with complex or multiple care needs.
A three month consultation running from 18th June 2018 is being proposed, to gather views on the draft strategy from care providers, staff and older people. The findings from the consultation will then go back to Cabinet in November 2018.
Cllr Roger Wilson, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “More and more people are choosing to stay at home when they begin to need a bit of extra help, and with advances in technology in health and social care, it’s easier for them to do that; which is a good thing
“It is our responsibility, along with partners, to make sure that care provision meets the needs of our residents. To do that, we need to make sure that residents have the best options available to them – this new approach will help us to do that.”
The cabinet papers can be found on our website at: http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=117&MId=8899&Ver=4