Access to social care/personalisation for older people
Personalisation in Adult Social Care is about giving people choice and control to help them to live their lives in the way they would like, for as long as possible. Personalisation supports people to do what they want to do, when they want to do it.
All teams in Bracknell Forest’s Adult Services continue to make sure that everyone who has a service paid for by the Council can have a personal budget, where this is possible. A personal budget is an amount of money which the person can spend on the support they need to live their lives. People can choose to have the money themselves and arrange their own support or they can ask Adult Services to do this for them.
The Bracknell Forest approach to enable people to have personalised support continues to work well. People have been able to make choices about how they live their lives in many different ways. The Bracknell Forest Council Adult Social Care Annual Report for 2012/13 found that 97% of eligible people received their support in this way. Teams are continually looking at ways to improve, so that they can ensure that people have a larger range of support and activities to choose from.
Facts, figures and trends
In 2011/12, around 9,000 in every 100,000 people aged 65 and over received community based social care in Bracknell Forest. 2,000 in every 100,000 people aged 65 and over received nursing or residential care (Health and Social Care Information Centre).
The majority of service users aged 65 and over who received community based social care services in 2011/12 received home care, professional support, equipment or adaptations (Health and Social Care Information Centre). A larger rate of people aged 65 and over received professional support in Bracknell Forest than the national and regional figures. Fewer people received home care, meals and short term residential care in comparison to the national average.
National & local strategies (current best practices)
Bracknell Forest Older People’s Partnership Board An Action Plan for Older People in Bracknell Forest (2013-2016)
Further information and strategy documents can be found on the Bracknell Forest Council website.
Recommendations for consideration by other key organisations
There would be advantages in:
- Providing more support to carers of people that require social care, as this has been identified as an area of weakness.
- Ensuring the availability of real choice and control over services which are fairly priced and affordable and promote self management.
- Improving community awareness of the needs of older people and promote volunteering and befriending services.
- Offering a range of different types of housing which allows people to remain at home as long as they wish.