Changes to home care

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CHANGES are planned by Notts County Council to home-care services in Hucknall and rest of Nottinghamshire .

Currently, more than 3,000 residents in the county receive homecare, which includes providing help with activities such as getting up, going to bed and domestic tasks.

These services help people stay independent in their homes for as long as possible and in most cases are provided by independent sector providers.

The proposals will enable the council to offer a broader range of services to meet an increase in demand and support more people with complex needs to live at home for longer.

Improvements will include enhanced through-the-night home care and services that respond to people in a crisis.

About £19 million a year is currently spent on homecare services across Nottinghamshire and this is set to increase as demand for services continue to rise as a result of more older people needing such services.

Contracts for the 30 current home care providers expire in March 2013. A tendering process will shortly start to secure providers for the next four years.

It is planned that contracts will be awarded on a district basis. This will mean less overhead costs.

Coun Kevin Rostance (Con), of Hucknall, who is chairman of the council’s adult social care and health committee, said: “The proposals mean that we can improve services for people who use home care and help support carers whilst making savings by reducing back-office bureaucracy.

“We think this is a good way forward.”

where this is required to meet the specific needs of individuals and carers.”

The Council understands that for many people who use home care services it is important that they have the same carers. If their current care provider is not selected as part of the changes and they wish to keep the same carers there are two options:

The staff employed by the current provider may be able to transfer to the new provider;

The service user could have a direct payment. With a direct payment people can either employ their own carer or employ a home care agency and the Council can assist with this.

Anyone who has any questions or concerns about the proposed changes or about switching to a direct payment, please contact the Council and ask to speak to a service organiser:

Residents living in Mansfield or Ashfield call 01623 434074

Residents living in Bassetlaw or Newark call 01623 520520

Residents living in Broxtowe, Gedling or Rushcliffe call 0115 917 5802

ENDS

For further information Peter Saunders in Communications and Marketing at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0115 977 3379.

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