Direct Payments Workshop – Thursday 10th March

Sarah Morland
Article date
6 October 2015
Primary interest
Social care

As we know, adults who are over 18 years, live within Reading Borough and are having difficulties managing day-to-day tasks because of a disability or long-term illness, may be eligible for ongoing care and support services to help them continue living at home.

If, after assessment, a person is eligible for this support from the Council, they may opt for a direct payment so they can arrange and pay for their own care.

Some voluntary organisations already support clients who are using their direct payments to pay for specific activities within their support plans. This could be a growing market for the voluntary sector locally.

In 2014-15, 9.8% of social care users who access community-based services in Reading used a Direct Payment. The Council wants to significantly increase this number to match the take-up in other local authorities. The ambition is to meet the national average of 26.3% and then to increase take-up even further, so that more people using social care can have greater choice and control over their care and support.

We were told that there are a number of current gaps in service provision including:

  • helping people with shopping (including on-line) and putting shopping away
  • gardening
  • light housework as well as more ensuring the hygiene of kitchens, bathrooms and toilets
  • being the key-holder for someone with a pendant alarm if their family members are not local
  • regular “care calls” ( a check-in service) to make sure a person is safe, if they don’t have regular visits from a carer, friend or family member

We are planning a joint session to explore how your organisation could help to meet these needs.  The workshop is on Thursday 10th March from 9.30am to 12.00pm at Reading Central Library. Find out more!