Western Trust unveils new strategy for elderly care

Tue, 11/08/2015 - 12:43 -- Editor

The Western Trust has confirmed a new strategy for day care for older people, in response to its recent consultation.

The proposals incorporate the introduction of a 3-tiered model of day care linked to three levels of assessed need.

Level 1 day care will include full day care and personal care for service users with high level needs

Level 2 day care will provide social and luncheon club facilities, as well as education and information facilities.

Level 3 day care will provide services such as support groups and handyman services.

All three levels will be available throughout the Western Trust area.

At the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s (Western Trust) meeting of the Trust Board on 6 August 2015, it was agreed to move forward with the recommendations contained within the Reform of Day Care Services Consultation Feedback Report. 

The Trust was consulting on 20 individual proposals for the reform of day care for older people across the entire Trust area and asking stakeholders for their views on this proposed reform.

The consultation was launched on 23 February 2015 and closed at 4pm on 22 May 2015. 

The consultation attracted 1,268 responses before the closing date of 22 May 2015.   The Western Trust would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those who took the time to respond to this consultation exercise.

Alan Corry Finn, Western Trust’s Director Primary Care and Older People Services commented: “The Trust was keen to hear and consider carefully the views of all stakeholders and during this period, consulted widely with service users, relatives, staff, and the public and other interested parties.”

Services for older people in the Trust are currently organised across 4 locality areas; Derry/Londonderry’s Cityside locality; Derry/Londonderry’s Waterside area and Limavady locality; Strabane/Omagh/Castlederg locality and Fermanagh locality.  

As part of the new proposals for day care, each of the 4 localities within the Trust will have Level 1 and Level 2 day centres.  In addition, Level 3 services, which are provided within local communities, will also be available in each locality.  People currently in receipt of day care in a day centre will continue to receive their day care in a day centre.  Future service users will have access to Levels 1, 2 or 3 day care and will receive the appropriate form of day care, based on their individual assessment of need.

Existing service users will continue to receive the current quantity of day care they currently receive in either a Level 1 or Level 2 day centre and they may receive day care in a different facility that better meets their needs.  The Trust will review current transport services to ensure that all service users can be accommodated in a timely manner. 

Next Steps

The Trust will undertake to feedback to the responders on the consultation process and is committed to implementing its plan by 31 March 2016.