CHESHIRE County Council is undertaking a series of road shows so that people can find out more about ‘Personalisation’ - a new system of providing social care services.
Personalisation of Services recognises that people are the best judges of their own needs and focuses on what is important to individuals and the outcomes they want to achieve.
It will offer people greater control over the support they receive and will help them develop better links with their local communities, enabling them to live as independently as possible.
One such success story where personalisation is making a difference is Miriam, an older person living in Cheshire.
After Miriam had a second stroke she lost her mobility and felt isolated and trapped.
Under the current system Cheshire County Council’s Older Peoples Services offered her a more traditional service of three one-hour sessions of support in her own home on a weekly basis.
This did not offer Miriam the choice and flexibility over the type of support she needed to enable her to be less dependent and become part of her community again.
Her care manager told her about Personalisation which means having her own budget and this enabled her to decide on the type of support she needed to get her life back on track.
She now employs a number of personal assistants who help her with not only her day to day care but also provide transport. Miriam has regained her social life, plays bridge and is also the secretary of her local University of the Third Age Group.
She goes shopping and feels once again she is leading a normal life.
Cheshire’s Executive Member for Adult Social Services Lynn Hardwick said: “Miriam is a shining example of what the new Personalisation of Services agenda can do for you.
“She has got her independence back, is in control of her support and is able to choose how this works best for her which is the main objective of the new set up.
“I would urge anyone who wants to find out more to come along to one of the six road shows.”
The road show venues include:
January 28 - Chester Town Hall, 11am-3pm; January 29 - Ellesmere Port Market/Asda car park, 10am-3pm; February 12 – Nantwich Town Square, 10am-3pm.
For the past few months, people who use Social Care Services have also been taking part in a consultation process about the ‘Personalisation’ changes and responses need to be in by February 16.
You can obtain a copy of the consultation document by ringing 0845 1133311
or on the internet www.cheshire.gov.uk/consultations