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Consultation on shape of social services underway

RESIDENTS, day service users and people living in council-operated residential care homes are being given the chance to help shape the future of social care services.

Guildhall

Consultation on proposals to re-shape the services launched today (Monday) and will go on until July 23.

Feedback from families, those already using the services and others who are interested in the future of social care in Swansea will influence a major report going to Cabinet in the autumn.

Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing in Swansea, said the proposals being shared directly with those using the services are aimed at transforming council-provided social care in the years to come.

The proposals will help re-focus council social care services on doing what they do best - delivering complex social care to those in need of it.

He said: "Under our proposals, those people who most need our support will receive the care that's appropriate to them, so they can lives their lives as independently as possible.

"The focus of council-provided care, using all our experience and expertise, should be concentrated on those with complex needs; for example, with people living with dementia, complex disabilities or complex mental health needs.

"If approved our proposals will see a shift of some of our resources away from those day care centres and a residential home which are least fit for purpose to deliver our proposed future model so that we can put energy and effort into providing better services to those with the most acute needs.

"If we move forward we our proposals, we also estimate that we will need 125 less day service places, and 42 less residential care beds in our Council run services. We can't afford to pay for bed spaces and day service spaces that people don't need and aren't being used.  It's a needless drain on the money we have."

No decisions have been taken but if approved it could see the closure of the day centres at The Hollies and Rose Cross although residential care would remain at both.

Parkway residential home could also close although again any decision would be subject to the outcome of the consultation.

Cllr Child added: "Our social workers are speaking to those affected and their families to reassure them about what the process means for them and support them to have their say on our proposals.

"Any decisions on the future of services will not take place until Cabinet has seen the feedback and, if the proposals are approved, there will be no changes to services before 2019."

 To take part in the consultation visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/socialservicesconsultation


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