Local Authority Care Services A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “People that are eligible for social services will be offered a personal budget that is allocated to help them live their life the way they wish. The person will decide how they will spend their money to best meet their care needs and personal outcomes, which may give more opportunities to pursue individual interests, education, employment and voluntary work in their local community. Following an assessment, an indicative budget will be allocated to the person. This will help them to plan what support they need to help live the life they choose. They can use this money flexibly and creatively, enabling them to have more control over who provides the support and the way it is organised.” Lancashire County Council provides a wide range of care services, including: care at home, for people who need assistance with daily living tasks; supported living for disabled people and adults with learning disabilities; short term re-enablement and rehabilitation services and telecare, offering specially adapted technologies to give people peace of mind in their own home. Day services are also available, as well as residential care for temporary or permanent accommodation. “We strongly recommend that everyone who is considering residential care, even if they can afford to fully meet the costs themselves, requests an assessment,” the spokesman added. MY CARE GUIDE
“The assessment will recommend what sort of home will best meet the person’s individual needs to help people and their carers choose the most appropriate care.” Carer breaks can also be arranged. Sefton Council also provides a variety of care services, including residential care, day care, care in the home, respite care and reenablement. The county council has a Help Direct service, to promote independence and improve wellbeing by providing people with information, advice and access to helpful, practical support and community services in their district. The main aim of Help Direct Gateways is to help people get the right practical support, individual guidance and information they need before a problem becomes a crisis. A directory of well-being services will be available through Help Direct and will contain information about a wide range of local practical support as well as links to home improvement agencies, care and repair agencies and safe traders. In West Lancashire, Age Concern Lancashire has been appointed to provide the community support service. For more information contact 0303 333 1000. Contact your local council for a care assessment.
Published on Oct 21, 2009