Helping people live at home

A new service to help older people and others who need support, live at home for longer is being rolled out by Conservative Wiltshire Council and the NHS.

Titled Help to Live at Home, this improved service will make it easier for older and vulnerable people to stay living independently for longer.

From this month four new care providers will gradually take over all the care at home services for the majority of people who receive assistance from the council and NHS. People funding their own care will also be encouraged to use these four organisations which have been selected for the quality of service that they provide.

Each organisation will provide all the care and support in one area so they will be part of the community in which they work.

They will be able to offer people a wide range of support and care and will provide personal care such as help with bathing, getting dressed, managing your home, being part of the community as well as advice and support.

These changes are a result of an extensive two year consultation when the council and the NHS asked residents what they wanted from their care.

Cabinet member for adult social services, Cllr John Thomson (Cons), said: “When we spoke to people we heard how important it was for them to remain in their own community and own homes."

“The Help to Live at Home service will provide that support. Having just one provider in each area, will also make it a lot easier for people to access the services and find out what’s available to them.”

The scheme will be rolled out over the next three months.

Every person affected by these changes will be offered the opportunity to discuss these changes and to talk about what other options there might be available.

Cllr Thomson added: “We are very confident that this scheme will vastly improve the care at home people receive."

“We are dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in our society and we will ensure they fully understand what is happening and all the options open to them.”

The four care providers who will run the Help to Live at Home scheme are:

East Wiltshire - Ridgeway Care Services and Leonard Cheshire Disability

South Wiltshire - Ridgeway Care Services

West Wiltshire - Complete Care and Somerset Care

North Wiltshire - Leonard Cheshire Disability and Complete Care

Any residents or carers who would like to know more about Help to Live at Home can call 01225 712553.

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