The work of Manchester City Council’s Adult Social Care Services will be broadcast across social media channels next week 27 November – 1 December showcasing the range of services and work carried out by staff.
Supporting and protecting vulnerable people was one of residents’ top priorities when we consulted on our three year budget up to 2020. This has meant that alongside protecting funding for these services our focus has also been to look at new ways of working with partners including health to get better results.
The Adults Social Care budget, at more than £157 million for 2017/18, is approximately one third of the council’s overall budget spend. This week is about showing how this figure breaks down and how that money is spent on services that help people, who may otherwise be vulnerable, to live as independently as possible in their community, our work with carers and essential services provided by our partners.
Key themes emerging from the week will be to highlight the closer links between health and social care teams. This joint work is helping people who are at the greatest risk of going to hospital, keep safe and at home. And for those who have to go into hospital the integrated approach from both health and social care professionals to ensure that after discharge people have support from our teams such as reablement with everyday tasks in their own homes and regain their independence.
And the spotlight will also be on one of our flagship schemes, the extra care facility at Village 135 in Wythenshawe (more detail on the scheme below). This is to help people who no longer need hospital care but still require support to readjust to life at home and regain confidence. Residents moving to these short stay flats will have support available 24 hours a day.
As a great city to grow older, our aim is to get people to stay active in their communities and there will be a focus on some of these projects which bring generations together and prevent social isolation as well as activities that help older people stay active. And our work also supports adapting people’s homes to ensure they can stay in them for longer. There will be a look at how our sensory team can have a big impact on helping people stay independent with new equipment and assistive technology.
Councillor Bev Craig, executive member for Adult Health and Wellbeing said: “Looking after the people in our city who may be vulnerable due to their health, a disability or difficult circumstances and keeping them safe is a priority for residents and a priority for us. We think it’s right that this kind of support takes up most of our budget spending compared to what is spent on other services the council provides.
“Our staff are one of our key assets and they perform a fantastic job often in difficult situations. Their skill and dedication to helping our most vulnerable residents who need support is outstanding.
“We want people to understand that their work makes a huge difference to people’s lives and new ways of working including the integrated work with health partners is essential in protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of our residents.”
Follow @Mancitycouncil on twitter and facebook.com/mancitycouncil to find out more about the work and services provided by Adult Social Care from 27 November – 1 December and join the conversation #Our Manchester as officers from Adult Social care will be tweeting about their work on 28 November.