Brighton & Hove City Council’s Conservative Group Spokesman on Adult Social Care & Health – Cllr. Ken Norman – has welcomed a new range of measures from the Coalition Government to help older people to continue living comfortably in their own homes, with particular support for those leaving hospital.
The centrepiece of the new deal is an extra £51 million to local Home Improvement Agencies, who provide practical help and advice to older people on the following matters:
• Reliable and trustworthy Handyperson services, including home
repairs, safety measures and security adaptations.
• How to keep warm in winter
• Arranging for home adaptations to be made, including grab rails,
stair lifts and ground floor extensions.
• Hospital discharge services – ensuring people are given the support
to recuperate in familiar surroundings.
• Information on moving to potentially more suitable accommodation
In addition to this, the Government has made available an extra £20 million for Disabled Facilities Grants – bringing the total to £200 million this year alone – and £1.5 million funding for FirstStop, which provides independent advice to older people looking to plan their future housing needs – whether in their own homes, or in care homes.
Commenting on the proposals Cllr. Norman said: “In Brighton & Hove, as in the rest of the country, the vast majority of people want to be able to remain living in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own homes as they grow older and I’m delighted that the Government is committing extra money to enable this to happen. It also makes sense from the perspective of the public purse – less hospital and care home admissions will save the Government money in the longer-term. With nearly one in five of the population expected to be aged 65 or over by 2020, it is becoming ever more important that elderly, vulnerable people get the help they need to live independent lives. In my role as Chairman of the Council’s Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee, I shall be watching carefully to ensure that this extra money is used wisely by the Green Administration.”