Extra help in both specialist accommodation and within people’s homes has helped to transform care to adults in the county, increased their independence and reduced the number being readmitted to hospital or moving to residential care.
Now Norfolk County Council is looking to extend the scheme, known as reablement, to help more people to stay at home for longer.
The council is looking to support an extra 800 adults a year through home based reablement and extend its pilot of accommodation based reablement.
Councillor Bill Borrett, chairman of the adult social services committee at Norfolk County Council, said:
“This scheme has been a real success because residents have told us that they want to stay independent in their own homes for as long as possible.
“As our ageing population increases and demand on services rises, we must look at how we can make the best use of our money to ensure that we are can continue to provide the right support to those who really need it.”
The proposed increase in reablement services is to be discussed by Norfolk County Council’s Adult Social Care Committee next month.
They will hear that the success of the unit at Benjamin Court, in Cromer, has created an alternative for those medically fit to leave hospital but unable to return home without some extra help to regain their independence.
Further proposals to be discussed by the committee include:
- Developing more supported housing across Norfolk, helping to meet demand for this care and prevent adults moving to residential care
- A proposal to come in-line with the national guidance on charging for care for younger adults. The council would consult on proposals to move to the Minimum Income Guarantee, which is the minimum amount that people are guaranteed to be left with before being charged for care. This policy is already in place for older adults
- Helping to support people to claim benefits that they are entitled too, which can be used to cover care costs
- Changing when direct payments are made to those who receive their personal budgets directly, moving from paying six weeks in advance to four weeks in advance