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Social care services set for Cabinet decision

CARING teams aiming to provide the right support at the right time and in the right place could soon be on their way to people's homes across the city.

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Swansea Council's plans for the future of social care services for adults have been welcomed by residents after a major consultation exercise earlier this year.

And now Cabinet Members are being asked to give their backing to the plans which will see older and vulnerable adults given more control, choice and independence over the care services they receive.

Alex Williams, Head of Adult Services at Swansea Council, said: "Social care is a big issue now for residents receiving care and for future generations who may need support in the years to come.

"We're really pleased that our proposals for the future of social care services have been supported by more than two-thirds of respondents and 75% have also agreed with our overall vision for the years ahead.

"At the heart of what we're planning is to create a caring, responsive and flexible social care service which helps people to live their own lives at home as independently as possible for as long as possible.

"We know people want different things at different times from their social care services so one size doesn't fit all. We also know older people want to contribute to their communities as well as access care services.

She said: "For example, our new way of doing things means support will be there when needed from our staff who can provide advice, point people in the direction to the right services or community groups.

"Residents who need re-ablement care because they've just come out of hospital or they're recovering from illness will get those services at the right time and in the right place too. Those who need more intensive care for conditions such as dementia will also get the support appropriate to their needs when they need it."

Details of the new model for social care services in Swansea and the public consultation are being considered by the council's Cabinet on June 15.

Cabinet is being asked to endorse the new approach which aims to provide social care based on four tiers of support ranging from advice networks such as local area co-ordination, helping people stay active and happy at home, to providing 24-hour care for those with complex needs.

It would see the Council working with a range of partners to better assess need and react to changing need and to enable people to access the right levels of support to maintain independence and better quality of life.

Alex Williams said: "If Cabinet approves our road map for the future of social care the real work will begin in conjunction with our service users and partners to make the changes that will contribute towards our vision. Any service changes that result from those discussions would be subject to further consultation."

The decision will not have any immediate effect of services, which are already undergoing incremental improvements including domiciliary care which following consultation will look to better address need with the most appropriate services including a better-targeted re-ablement service.


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