SOLIHULL is set to see some of the biggest changes to adult social care in more than 60 years.
The borough Council has developed an ‘offer’ which sets out its commitment to residents when delivering care and support to adults.
The changes follow the introduction of the Government’s Care Act last year.
Phase one of the act places a number of obligations on councils about the way care and support is delivered to people and their carers.
The new duties, together with the limited finances available to fund care and support, present a challenge to local authorities to continue providing high quality services whilst getting value for money for their residents.
Solihull’s ‘Our Offer to You’ represents the way the Council intends to meet these challenges and by explaining the support it will offer people with care and support needs and their carers so they can lead the best lives they can.
This includes giving people control over decisions about their needs and how to meet them.
The scheme will use a central model based on the principles of ‘prevent delay enable support review’.
This will mean residents will have access to information and advice about how to manage their needs early on, to prevent the need for care and support at a later stage.
It continues by helping people to achieve as much independence and choice as they can.
Where people’s needs are complex, the Council will provide professional support and be committed to ensuring people have the appropriate services to meet their eligible needs.
‘Our Offer to You’ also details the Council’s commitment to working with the community, NHS and other partners to meet people’s needs, and includes examples of how this may work in practice.
Coun Ken Meeson, responsible for health and wellbeing, said the Council was committed to providing the highest quality of care and support.
“We want to treat people fairly and make sure our residents understand the care and support available to them and their loved ones, and have realistic expectations about how this may be delivered,” he added.
“‘Our Offer to You’ explains our approach to our Care Act obligations and how we will serve our communities.
“It is our commitment to the people of Solihull.”
Visit www.solihull.gov.uk/adultsocialcare for more.