Worcestershire County Council has today outlined its vision for how Adult Social Care is delivered in the county over the next three years.
Nationally, there is growing pressure on social care as people are living for longer and Worcestershire is no exception.
The proportion of older people in Worcestershire is higher than the national average (17.3%) and going forward, the number of older adults (aged 65 and older) is projected to increase substantially.
It's the County Council's main priority to enable older people and those with learning disabilities to become or remain independent, self-reliant and an integrated part of their local communities.
'Promoting Independence: Our Vision for Transforming Adult Social Care in Worcestershire' sets out the key priorities up until 2022. It outlines how services will be delivered, highlighting areas for development, outcomes that will be achieved and how progress will be tracked.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: "We want everyone in Worcestershire to live healthy and happy lives and to stay independent for as long as possible.
"Our Adult Services Business Plan sets out our key priorities which include working much closer with partners and communities to ensure we are able to meet our aims.
"To do this we need to ensure people make responsible choices when planning their lives so they can achieve the best possible outcomes.
"Supporting everyone to achieve their full potential and to make the most of all opportunities, no matter their age is something that is extremely important to us here in Worcestershire."
The County Council will work in partnership with district, borough and parish council colleagues on issues such as community safety, housing, leisure and economic regeneration. And also ensure that the needs of older people and those with learning disabilities who require support are understood and acted on.
The key partnership with health colleagues will be a central part of what is done. The County Council will seek opportunities to make practical changes that provide ‘joined up’ care or save money so that the whole health and social care system is more sustainable.
The plan will be reviewed on an annual basis and the County Council also intends to produce a local account of how well, or otherwise, progress is being made.
The County Council has an annual net budget of more than £324 million. Around 40% of the budget is allocated specifically to Adult Social Care.