Some of the most frail and vulnerable people in Staffordshire will be benefiting from a new deal that means around three million hours of quality care will be delivered every year to help them live more independently in their homes.
The new agreements will not only secure home care for more than 4,000 adults entitled to support, but will help ensure care can be provided across the county when it is needed for the next four years.
Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said the new contracts would also bring more stability to the care provider market and the staff they employ.
Alan said: “This year in Staffordshire we will spend a record £300million on care and much of this is spent in helping the frail or the elderly live as independently as possible in their home, whether that is giving a helping hand when returning home after a hospital stay or longer-term support with personal care.
“The expiry of the current contracts gave us the opportunity to have a look at what was working well and what we could be done better, particularly around increasing capacity across the whole region so that people receive the care they need at a fair price for providers and for taxpayers. Historically, arrangements meant sometime several care providers could be working in the same area or even in the same street seeing different people, which would really stretch resources.”
“The new agreements will see more a streamlined, co-ordinated approach to home care which will allow providers to plan their visits better and also open up more employment opportunities for example for people who don’t drive, as visits can be planned locally.”
Following the retendering process the new agreements come into force from October 1 2017 with the start of transferring to any new providers.
Alan added: “These new arrangements will make sure that people continue to get the care and support they need and will allow the county council and providers to deliver a service better able to meeting the rising demands of a growing ageing population.We are writing to everyone who currently has care in their own home to explain if there is any change to their provider and to reassure them that the type of care they have been assessed for will not change and providers will be working with residents to ensure a smooth transition of care where necessary.”