Rutland County Council sets out strategy for caring for older and vulnerable residents

Adult social care launch at Rutland County Council EMN-160903-140117001
Adult social care launch at Rutland County Council EMN-160903-140117001
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Rutland County Council has unveiled plans for how it will provide care and support forsome of the county’s most vulnerable residents over the next five years.

The council’s new adult social care strategy was presented to a range of local groups on Monday and explains how the local authority will support the growing number of people in Rutland who need help because of illness, old age or disability.

Speaking at the launch of the new strategy at Oakham Rugby Club, Coun Richard Clifton, the council’s portfolio holder for health and social care, explained why a new plan is needed.

He said: “As our population grows older and young people with disabilities live longer we need to change our approach to keeping Rutland a healthy place to live.

By 2033 we will have a population of 46,000, while the number of over 65s with a serious health problem is expected to double. We also predict that 3,800 people aged over 75 will live alone in Rutland by 2030.

“All of this means we need to change how we provide Adult Social Care in Rutland and focus our resources accordingly.”

The council’s plans for the next five years focus on three key areas: health, independence and sustainability. More effective information and advice together with an improved public health offer will help people to live healthier lives, meaning they are less likely to need intensive or long-term care.

Increased support in the community and targeted prevention will also help people to stay independent for as long as possible.

Finally, closer integration with partners in health and the voluntary, community and faith sector, along with changes to the way that services are commissioned, will help to deliver greater sustainability.

Coun Clifton added: “Like other councils, we have to plan ahead so that we can meet the growing demand on social care services and cope with cuts to our funding. Despite all this, we are committed to finding different ways of working, rather than reducing or removing the services that people rely on.

“We want people in Rutland to enjoy the best possible health and well-being throughout their lives and to have local services that are sustainable for the future.

“Our role is no longer about just providing care; it is about continuing to understand the needs, wants and aspirations of residents and communities and commissioning services to meet their needs. Also, working even more closely with partners to ensure universal and preventative services are available across Rutland.”

The new adult social care strategy builds on the outcomes of the council’s wide-ranging People First Review. It also sits alongside a number of complementary strategies such as the Better Care Together programme and Rutland’s Better Care Fund plan, which are working to integrate social care with health services to help people to remain well and independent for longer.

If you would like more information or want to read the new Adult Social Care Strategy in full, visit: www.rutland.gov.uk

Printed copies can also be obtained from the Council’s Catmose office, local libraries, GP surgeries and the First Contact Bus. You can also request a copy by contacting: 01572 722 577 or e-mailing: enquiries@rutland.gov.uk

Anyone wanting to find out more can also speak directly to councillors and social care staff on board the Rutland First Contact Bus. The bus will be at Oakham Market place from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday and Uppingham GP Surgery from 8am to 11am on Friday, March 18.