Staffordshire County Council agrees new proposals to change the way care is sourced for the 5,500 elderly & disabled people in the county.
At present, over 2.500.000 hours of home care is provided per year. The new proposals, which were agreed at the county council’s Cabinet on Wednesday, focus more on a person’s individual goals and reduces the need for long term care, along with making sure care on offer represents the best value for money and has the greatest benefit for local people in all parts of the county.
Care providers will now offer a service focused on an individuals ambitions with a more personalised service, along with the option to seek alternatives to traditional care. A flexible approach to commissioning will mean that care contracts will be able to reflect the care market in individual areas, reducing any current disparities in boroughs and districts.
County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said: “Demand for home care services is increasing nationally, and in Staffordshire we are tackling similar challenges. We want to ensure people lead live healthy and happy lives at home for as long as possible and we want to offer people both flexibility and choice in the care they receive. People must be at the heart of every decision. Now we have agreed this refocused approach, we can look to end any disparities seen across different areas of the county, and tailor our procurement to get the best value for money in every part of Staffordshire. This will ensure every person using health and social care will receive quality services that promote their independence and lead to an improved quality of life.”