From April, the introduction of the Care Act 2014 will fundamentally change how we receive and pay for any care and support we need. Essentially it means that we have more choice and control and for anyone who is a family carer looking after a loved one or friend then you too have new rights.
Essex Cares is one local provider that is already shaping and restructuring its services to make sure it’s meeting the new demands of the Care Act. It supports over 50,000 adults in the county who have learning and physical disabilities, mental health needs and hearing or sight loss and is committed to helping all its customers live active and fulfilling lives.
One of the reasons behind the introduction of the new Care Act is that more of us are now living longer than ever before. To maintain a good quality of life we need to keep active and independent in our own homes for as long as possible and this is an area in which Essex Cares can provide a full range of support.
If you or a member of your family has a serious illness or a spell in hospital, then the Reablement Service will help you get back on your feet again by providing a support worker to help you with daily tasks until you feel well enough to do them yourself. The service thousands of people in Essex each year to regain their independence and potentially reduce the support they might need in the future.
Meanwhile, the Equipment Service can help to adapt your home and make it safer for you as you get older by installing items such as grab rails, wet rooms and pendant alarms. It offers 4,000 core products and last year provided equipment to over 43,000 customers across Essex. Additionally, the Essex Cares’ Telecare Response Service enables you to feel confident and supported at home by installing equipment that can detect things such as falls, inactivity, smoke or gas.
Keeping active and independent
Did you know that across Essex there are 30 local Wellbeing & Activity Centres offering activities for older and younger adults with a range of needs, including those living with dementia? The centres offer a series of fun and inspiring things to do which are tailored to customers’ individual needs, aims and personal goals.
Work Based Training is another aspect of Essex Cares’ service, providing work experience opportunities to adults with learning disabilities in a fully functioning business. They gain knowledge, skills and confidence, enhancing their opportunities for employment in the future.
In the community
Essex Cares also offers Outreach services to customers aged 17 years upwards who struggle to get out and about, socialise and do the things they enjoy. Support Assistants can help customers to access local amenities such as libraries, the bank, shops and the supermarket, helping to combat loneliness and isolation.
Finally, Essex Cares’ Sensory Service supports adults with sight loss, hearing loss or both, helping to maintain their independence and dignity in every aspect of daily life. They help to develop daily living and communication skills, offer mobility training and environmental assessments and provide a Sighted Guide Service. Courses for companies and other health and social care providers who want to improve their awareness and understanding of sensory loss are also available.