The City of Wolverhampton Council is currently consulting on a series of proposals, with service users, their families and carers, staff and other stakeholders urged to take part.
They can have their say now by completing the short online survey now available via Have your say about the proposed changes to Wolverhampton’s Older People’s Services.
There will also be consultation events for members of the public at the Civic Centre on Monday 28 September, 2015, from 10.30am, and Tuesday 13 October, 2015, from 5.30pm, and one for stakeholders, which is also open to the public, at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 6 October, 2015, at 2pm.
The proposals include increasing the amount of support offered to older people in their own homes, providing additional hours of reablement at home and developing a specialist reablement service for people with dementia.
The council will also increase the number of residents who use Telecare assistive technology, such as personal alarms and monitoring equipment, to continue living at home.
At the same time, the council proposes to decommission Nelson Mandela House and Merry Hill House, the residential and short stay respite homes, and Woden Resource Centre, which currently provides residential rehabilitation and high dependency day services.
Under the proposals, the residential and short stay respite services currently provided at Nelson Mandela House and Merry Hill House, along with the high dependency day services provided at Woden, would be transferred to external providers.
Councillor Elias Mattu, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “It’s important that as many people as possible have their say during the consultation period and help shape the final proposals which will be presented to Cabinet later this year.
“The plans we have put forward would mark a big change to the way we do things in Wolverhampton, making use of the latest technology to help people maintain their independence and engaging with external providers to offer high quality reablement services which in turn reduce demand for more traditional forms of care.”
The consultation runs until Monday 26 October, 2015. For more information, please visit Have your say about the proposed changes to Wolverhampton’s Older People’s Services or call Rose Powell, Participation Officer, on 01902 555494