27/07/2010 Leave a comment
I thought the Joan Bakewell peice last night really got to the heart of the issues we, as a county face, in dealing with our aging population, clearly she understands the subject fully and what I though was very interesting is that she did not seek to present nayone route as the soultion to all our problems.
What pleased me most, if that is the right way of putting it, in all the issues around this difficult subject is the approach we are taking in Suffolk. Suffolk Flexicare has as one of its objects is to create an enviroment here in Suffolk where both private companies can come in and develop significant care villages and more local RSLs can build more and more Extra care albeit on a lesser scale but perhaps more routed in comunities.
We are also, through our Home First service, a national lead on re-enablement stratergies I recall going to a the first Department of Helth Conference on this about three years ago at the Oval, it was actually a bit boring because we were already doing the thinks they were talking about doing.
Today, Suffolk Home First is such a success that those we provide it for, and we provide the service free to the people of Suffolk, we have over a third of people do not need an on going service. Simply put this saves the Council a considerable sum of money and is better for the customer as well.
The only thing I though that was not quite right last night was that beyond extra care a residential nursing home for those people you are very frail and for higher end dementia is most appropriate and serves an important function in our community. Unspoken was nursing care facility at the heart of the Extra Care Charity home in Birmingham, which on a smaller scale would not be achievable on site.
Provision of the right type of variety of housing, care and support that remains in place during these difficult times and the Royal Commission on how we pay for it all, is most timely or as Ms. Bakewell rather intimated that politicans talk and people just get older, we need to begin to reach conclusions and start implimenting policies now!
Unlike last time, just as with Labours redicous green, white and the staggeringly uncosted ‘Free Care at Home Bill’ we will not be seeking to make our voices heard on the front page of the Times, but rest assured in the background I know a number of Portfolio Holders are trying to help influence policies for our aging residents that are of real benefit.
I look forward to David Behan and the Care Minister Paul Burstow MP presenting the findings of the Royal Commission and their thoughts but unlike the farcical situation of the lack of finanical figures, and the embrassed looking David Behan announcing dates that were constantly missed and deadlines disappearing that dogged Labours Care Green paper; this future paper will have figures attached so we can all clearly see how and who will need to pay for it.