A NEW deal will see around three million hours of quality care delivered every year to help some of the most frail and vulnerable people in Staffordshire live more independently in their homes.
The new agreements span four years and will not only secure home care for more than 4,000 adults entitled to support, but will help ensure care can be provided across the county when it is needed.
Although the new agreements come officially come into force from October 1 2017, people will continue receive care as normal from Sunday as three month ‘mobilisation’ period starts to allow the old and new providers will work together to ensure a seamless transfer of care.
Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said the new contracts would also bring more stability to the care provider market and the staff they employ.
“This year in Staffordshire we will spend a record £300million on care and much of this is spent in helping the frail or the elderly live as independently as possible in their home, whether that is giving a helping hand when returning home after a hospital stay or longer-term support with personal care.
“The expiry of the current contracts gave us the opportunity to have a look at what was working well and what we could be done better, particularly around increasing capacity across the whole region so that people receive the care they need at a fair price for providers and for taxpayers.
“Historically, arrangements meant sometime several care providers could be working in the same area or even in the same street seeing different people, which would really stretch resources.”
The new agreements will see more a streamlined, co-ordinated approach to home care which will allow providers to plan their visits better and also open up more employment opportunities for example for people who don’t drive, as visits can be planned locally.
“These new arrangements will make sure that people continue to get the care and support they need and will allow the county council and providers to deliver a service better able to meeting the rising demands of a growing ageing population.
“We have written to everyone who currently has care in their own home to explain if there is any change to their provider, to reassure them that the type of care they have been assessed for will not change and providers will be working with residents to ensure a smooth transition of care where necessary.”