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Health chief says new contracts will deliver extra home care for vulnerable residents in Lichfield and Burntwood

Health bosses say a new agreement will see around 3million hours of home care delivered to elderly and vulnerable people across the region.

Staffordshire County Council says the four-year agreement will secure services for 4,000 adults, including some across Lichfield and Burntwood.

Cllr Alan White

Cllr Alan White

Cllr Alan White, 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.

“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,” Cllr White said.

“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.”

The new agreements begin on October 1 and Cllr White said those affected by any change would be contected.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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1 Comment

  1. Steve Norman

    28th September, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    But still not replaced the Handyperson Service that was cut some years ago which prevented older people trying to climb on a chair to change a light bulb or replace curtains – and end up in hospital after falling – costing £000,s.