Pilot schemes that promote independence for people who need care at home is to be launched by Trafford Council as part of a £1m transformation initiative.
More than 1,700 people are set to benefit from the plans over the next two years, which will transform the way the council commissions and delivers care at home services for Trafford residents, local authority bosses have said.
The cash has been allocated from the Greater Manchester transformation budget, a central pot of NHS funding and part of the city-region’s health devolution deal.
Councilor Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, said: “We know that social care is under a lot of pressure at the moment. We have managed to put extra money into the Adult Social Care budget this year but we still want to improve the lives of residents by creating better and more efficient services.
“We are keen to continue transforming the way we deliver services and we believe these pilot schemes are innovative ideas that will promote independence, improve health and reduce health inequalities.”
The home care pilot scheme will be part of the Council’s Let’s Talk initiative, which the council says “puts the person at the centre of care decisions”.
It will see care staff based in local communities, providing people who receive care at home with a “familiar face, whatever their requirements”.
One of the other schemes the council is launching is home care visits in hospital. This means that people who are admitted to hospital will receive a wellbeing visit from their carer.
This will enable better hospital discharge planning so people can be discharged from hospital earlier, freeing up hospital bed space and allowing home care users to receive care in the comfort of their own homes, council bosses said.
The services will now go out to tender and, if successful, the council will be able to deliver the innovative services across the whole of Trafford later this year.
Martyn Pritchard, accountable officer of Trafford CCG, said: “We are looking forward to working with Trafford Council to commission holistic services that deliver great care to the people of Trafford. It’s vital that services continue to innovate and this money will enable us to do just that.”