Consultation approved into adult social care funding
Cabinet have this week (Thursday) approved
plans to consult on the potential for introducing a limit on the
amount the County Council would contribute towards the cost of
community care packages - which support people to live at home -
for all new service users.
Existing service users would not be
affected under this proposal unless their care needs
changed. If adopted, this proposal would mean that new service
users whose community care package costs exceeded the amount the
council proposes to contribute could either have to;
Ø Top-up to meet the cost from
alternative sources; e.g. personal/family savings,
Ø Choose to take funding as a
direct payment, allowing them to make their own flexible
Ø Change the type or volume of
care services they receive - which would still ensure their
eligible assessed care needs continued to be met
Ø Access alternative low level
community support in addition to council funded support
Ø Receive their care in a
residential or nursing home. The cost of meeting individual
community based packages of care can be far higher than the cost of
We are in an unprecedented financial climate
and the council has to save around £80million over the next few
years. It has to make sure that it is spending its resources as
effectively as possible and getting value for money for all
Worcestershire's taxpayers. Adult Social Care services are not
immune and have to make savings in a way which ensures that the
care needs of vulnerable people continue to be met. This is what
residents said to focus on in recent consultations and the council
remains committed to supporting people, where possible, to live the
lives they want to live.
If adopted, this proposal would ensure that
the eligible assessed care needs of each and every individual are
met in full and that the authority can support as many people
as possible to live independently at home, which is acknowledge as
being most peoples' preference.
This is also about ensuring fairness and
equity for all those who access social care in Worcestershire.
The County Council is also committed to the
use of Assistive Technology, which supports people to live
independently at home. AT can be a more cost effective way of
meeting eligible assessed care needs.
Cllr Philip Gretton, Cabinet Member
with responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: "We
recognise that this is a difficult proposal and it has to be viewed
in the context of the current financial challenges we face. In
Adult Social Care we can't avoid making savings, but we have to do
this in a way which ensures peoples' eligible assessed care needs
are met in full and this proposal, if adopted, would do that. We
must be clear that in no way is this proposal going to lead to
people not receiving the care they need; all those who access
social care services in Worcestershire will have their assessed
care needs met, the issue is about ensuring that they are met in
the most cost effective way for all Worcestershire residents who
have a call on the resources we have. We've showed with recent
consultations that we do listen to what people say and so would
urge anyone interested in this to get involved and tell us their
thoughts during this consultation period."
A public consultation will be launched and
will include face to face meetings with service users, carers and
providers. A dedicated helpline and email address will be set up to
deal with queries and concerns.
The consultation can be found via the
Maximum Expenditure Consultation.
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