A North Wales county council has set up a new initiative whereby micro business will be launched to meet the shortfall in the number of home carers in the area.
Community-based social enterprises are being explored as an option by Flintshire Council as it looks to address the difficulty of meeting the demand for domiciliary care, reports local news service Deeside.com.
Members of the local authority’s ruling administration backed the move when they met yesterday.
Speaking at County Hall in Mold, Cllr Christine Jones, cabinet member for social services, said: “In a nutshell, it’s more community-based care, setting up little pockets in areas that are short of domiciliary care.
“Getting good quality domiciliary care is so important and if we can get home-based companies set up in communities where they know the people, it’s almost like going back to the old way of working to help your neighbour.
“It’s a new initiative, it’s very exciting and it’s something we’ve not tried before, but we know we can make it work.
“We know it is something which is needed, especially with the way the market is at the moment.”
The proposals are currently in the planning phase, with due diligence being carried out around the new model.
A similar scheme is also being explored by councillors in Powys, which covers the counties of Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire, most of Breconshire and a small part of Denbighshire.
Staff recruitment is one of the biggest issues facing the social care sector in Wales.
In March, a campaign was launched by the Welsh government to recruit 20,000 more social care workers by 2030.