Published: 16 December, 2016
• THE headlines around the issues facing adult social care paint a complex picture. We are undoubtedly facing challenging financial pressures, which with an aging population and increasing numbers of people living with dementia, are only likely to increase.
We remain positive we can continue to deliver outstanding services by working in a different way. We will take a long-term approach to make the very best use of our resources, working in innovative ways with health and community partners and moving towards a renewed focus on the prevention of ill health to reduce the demand on services.
In Westminster we have significantly invested in homecare through a new contract that pays carers above the London Living Wage, in recognition of the importance of highly qualified and motivated staff. Through this service we help people to maintain as much independence as possible, supporting them to do tasks for themselves.
Our focus on independent living continues with our Community Independence Service, in partnership with the NHS through the Better Care Fund, which helps people to live independently at home for as long as possible. The service offers rapid response nursing and reablement, which both aim to prevent hospital admissions.
In 2014 the council and NHS began a 10-year programme to increase the quality and quantity of specialist care homes places for older people. This ambitious programme will deliver the highest quality care provision for people with dementia and other complex care needs. We are progressing with plans for a new care home to deliver 84 nursing care beds with more to follow in the future. Raising council tax is only part of the solution to the acute financial pressures we face. A longer term focus on prevention will stand us in good stead in going some way to reduce them.
CLLR RACHAEL ROBATHAN
Cabinet Member for Adults & Public Health