Greater support to help Harlow residents remain at home

Communities / Wed 5th Aug 2015 at 10:35am

ESSEX County Council (ECC) announces a competitive tender process for a new ‘Reablement at Home’ service. Once awarded the new service will run for 5 years from April 2016 to 2021 and will mean thousands of Essex residents could be helped to live more independently and remain at home.

ECC are working with NHS colleagues in each of the county’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to jointly commission a new service that would be the default pathway for all adults (except in exceptional cases). Once commissioned, all new customers, where appropriate, will go through a period of reablement before their longer term care needs are assessed.

Instead of being reliant on care provision, every Essex adult who needed support could receive up to six weeks free help to regain the skills and confidence to stay in their own home and live as independently as possible.

Reablement services are delivered typically by occupational therapists, physiotherapists and home care support workers helping people to improve their confidence in managing their personal care, practical tasks and day-to-day living, perhaps following an illness, injury, disability or life-changing event.

Cllr Dick Madden, Cabinet member at Essex County Council for Adults and Children said; “Importantly, this new service will mean many more of our residents will remain in their own homes, for longer, and with increased skills and independence.”

“Extending the service will lead to a reduction in hospital admissions, and will reduce or remove the need for long term care packages.”

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