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Redesigning care for the elderly

A new vision for home care in Kent Photo: ITV Meridian

Kent County Council has set out its vision of how care will be distributed across the county in the future.

While the council needs to make £200 million savings by 2015, it stresses changes need to be made to adult social care services.

To do this, the council is proposing more families look after their loved ones at home, rather than admitting them to care homes. It has set out the following aims:

Sufficient and suitable housing that offers a real alternative to residential and nursing care, with dedicated support including 24/7 on site support and technology for mixed tenure that encourages balanced communitiesPurpose built, short term housing to support short stay recovery and reablement Vacancy management that ensures available resources are maximisedExplore opportunities for increasing use of the Adult Placement Scheme Home share schemes providing opportunities for people who own their own homes in need of a little support to be matched with people who require accommodation and can provide support that helps them stay living in their own homeResidential providers trained as trusted assessors – assessing on-going needs, developing personalised support plans and putting in place equipment, telecare and in-reach eablement, as requiredKent County Council social workers allocated to specific residential providers who will work in partnership to maximise opportunities for recovery, independence and personalisation for the people they supportEnsure throughput of specialist learning disability services so service users benefit, become independent and places can be freed up for other new service users Reablement and promotion of independent living skills in a residential care setting

You can see the council's full report here

As people live longer, Kent's elderly population is predicted to grow year on year, increasing by 55% by 2030. This could mean demand for adult social care will grow at a similar rate.

Kent's elderly population is expected to grow year on year Credit: Kent County Council