Worcestershire County Council is expected to spend more than forty per cent of its budget this year on the care of vulnerable adults.
£139 million is being set aside for adult social care and health in the Council’s annual budget.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, the County Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Services, is to go on the road to visit locations across Worcestershire to raise awareness of Adult Social Care Services in the county.
Councillor Hardman wants to encourage more people to plan for their futures. He said: "It is really important that people start thinking about their future and making decisions before they need care or support. Obviously, most people aim to stay healthy and independent for as long as possible. In fact our priority at the Council is to ensure people in Worcestershire are healthier, live longer, have a better quality of life and remain independent for as long as possible. Noticing little changes in your health and activity, like struggling to cut your own toenails, is really important. These can be signs of reducing mobility and linked to ageing, so it may be the time to start thinking and planning for the future.
"This summer, my team and I will be at locations throughout Worcestershire to talk to people about their care and encourage them to start thinking about how they plan to stay independent for as long as possible."
Councillor Hardman will be supported by a group of experienced adult social care professionals to answer questions and to give first hand advice and connections to help.
The first two "Making Decisions About Your Future" roadshows are to be held in Kidderminster, on Thursday 9 May at Tesco in Castle Road, and outside the Town Hall on Friday 17 May. Events will then be held around the county throughout the summer and into the autumn.
- Thursday 9 May - Tesco Kidderminster, 10am to 2pm
- Friday 17 May - Kidderminster Town Hall (outside), 10am to 2pm
Social care, unlike healthcare, is not a free service, so it is important to talk to relatives, family and friends as soon as possible to start to prepare. This includes things like housing; staying in your own home or choosing to move into retirement living (supported retirement living has help on hand while enabling people to stay independent), decisions about your care if you become ill, and difficult decisions around finance.