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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

County to consult public over care proposals

Denbighshire’s Cabinet has agreed to consult the public on proposals for the Council’s in-house care services.

In March 2014, the Council’s Performance Scrutiny Committee agreed that a Task and Finish Group be set up to examine options for delivering high quality social care services in the county.

Discussions have already taken place with individuals and their families, resulting in the options considered.

At its meeting at County Hall, Ruthin today (Tuesday), the Cabinet agreed to consult the wider public on the following preferred options, but to also include the option for the public to put forward suggestions of their own.

A council statement says:

"Awelon, Ruthin: The Council wishes to emphasise that no resident in Awelon currently will need to move, the reason being that the assessment for the majority of residents states clearly they are too frail and elderly to be moved.

"At a future agreed date, we would stop new admissions and work with the individuals and their families at their own pace to explore, wherever appropriate, suitable alternatives as appropriate and enter into a partnership with the owner of Llys Awelon to develop additional Extra Care apartments on the site. The aspiration is for the site to have 50 extra care flats and a new community facility for wider use but it may take several years.

"Cysgod y Gaer, Corwen: To enter into a partnership with relevant stakeholders (including Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the third sector) to develop the site into a ‘support hub’, offering both residential and extra care type facilities, as well as an outreach domiciliary care and support service to the tenants of local Sheltered Housing Schemes and the wider population of Edeyrnion and the surrounding area.

"This would ensure that the individuals living in Cysgod y Gaer currently can continue doing so through retaining beds at the location, but also develops services that support independence and improved outcomes for others in the local area.

"Extra Care Schemes: The suggestion for all three schemes is to tender for a social care provider for each of them and enter into formal consultation with the staff involved regarding transfer of employment. This does not require a formal public consultation as it involves only a change in provider, not the service."

Cabinet also  agreed two additional recommendations:
  • that any future provision must recognise the importance of delivering care services through the medium of Welsh for those older people who require it and maintain the capability to do so.
  • that the Council engages with Welsh Government Ministers, officials and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in order to urge greater collaboration and partnership working between the Council and BCUHB in the provision of services relating to the care of older people.
Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Social Care, said: “People’s expectations about how they want to live their lives as they get older is changing.  People rightly want (and demand) control over their own lives and the freedom to choose how to live it. 

"Most people tell us that they do not want to live in a residential care home or go to a day care centre when they get older.  They say that they would prefer to live in their own home and be supported to be as independent as possible for as long as possible.

“That is why we have carried out a review of our in-house care provision, in response to the changing needs of the public.

“We also recognise the need to consult widely on the proposals and Cabinet’s decision gives us the green light to do so”.

Over the coming weeks, the Council says it will inform residents of how they can contribute to the consultation. Detailed will be posted on the Council’s website and social media sites, as well as through the media. The consultation is expected to begin in September.

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