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Supporting people to live the lives they want


At county council cabinet on Wednesday (16th November), councillors will discuss plans to improve the way vulnerable residents are supported to live at home.

Over the past five years Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) have funded a home improvement agency, Safe at Home, together with district councils and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (GCCG) to provide advice plus minor and major repairs or adaptations.

However, following a review by all partners, it was agreed that the service could be provided more effectively through existing district and county council services.

As part of the council's continued commitment to helping residents live their lives as independently as possible, proposals have been drawn up to bring the support for minor changes around the home, like ramps or security measures, in house.

The proposals are for the service to be provided through a tender carried out by Gloucestershire Industrial Services (GIS) Healthcare. This would combine with a new contract for the maintenance and service of equipment for the next five years, with an option to extend by two years, and at a total value of £6.488m.

GIS Healthcare is a county council service funded by GCC and GCCG. It provides community medical equipment and aids to support people to live at home. They are responsible for the procurement, storage, delivery and refurbishment or servicing of this equipment.

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care, said: "This council has made a commitment to supporting those most in need and helping them to maintain their independence in their own homes.

"By having one provider that offers the servicing, repair, maintenance and fitting of minor aids and adaptations it will make things easier for people to get the help they need.

"This change can only be a good thing, and means we can offer older people, people with disabilities and vulnerable people the best possible care."

The tender will start in June 2017 with a view to the changes coming into effect from August 2017.

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