What are the proposals?
This consultation includes two sets of proposals. One related to day services and one for residential services.
- The County Council proposes to relocate day service buildings. No day services are at risk and there would be at least as many bases as there are now. The position of new bases would be based upon data on the future demography of Hampshire.
- It is proposed that there will be three new bases offering enhanced facilities for people with complex needs, building on the model used at Locks Heath Day Services.
- Community Link services would also be developed to support people with significant disabilities. These will help people to be part of the community. These would be places where people could get more information, help and advice.
- The proposed locations would promote fuller involvement in the community.
- It is proposed that day service changes would be incremental occurring over the next two years with priority given to day services with the most unsuitable buildings.
- Personalisation means, that in the future, people will have more control over their care choices. Proposed changes will improve the sustainability of in- house services through creating more attractive and modern building bases.
- The council proposes to refocus day services on those with significant disabilities living with family carers and offer more choice of alternatives for the most able. The aim would be to provide alternatives for 400 of the least disabled service users.
- The main objective of day service proposals is to improve services and outcomes for people with learning disabilities. Transforming in-house services will enable us to recycle investment to allow more able service users to choose alternatives such as voluntary or private sector day services, supported employment or many other options through self directed support, subject to eligibility.
- In line with the best interests of service users, following advice from advocacy and the Care Quality Commission, the functions of crisis care, planned respite care and long stay residential care may be separated so that they do not occur within the same residential unit.
- The Council proposes to re-focus residential planned respite services on those with complex needs.
- It is proposed that alternatives to traditional in-house respite services such as Direct Payments and Shared Lives will be offered to the more able.
- It is proposed that fuller use will be made of some existing in-house services such as Orchard Close and other commissioned respite facilities across the County.
- The Council proposes to change the model of crisis care to a more flexible one that is less dependent upon accommodation. A new outreach model of crisis could be developed from West Street, Havant. Over the coming years a new Shared Lives service is proposed working with people in certain types of crises, for instance due to the illness or death of a family carer.
- If accepted, it is anticipated that the proposals will create the ability to reduce the capacity of residential accommodation provided by the Council without reducing levels of service. The Council wants to hear your views on the proposal to reprovide Meadowcroft and Upton Grey in the autumn of 2011 and Croft House in spring 2012.
- It is proposed that Dalewood and Highfield House are re-provided into one larger unit with improved facilities for people with complex needs.
- It is proposed that the services based at Fernmount House are re-located to provide improved facilities for people with complex needs.
- The Council will be consulting on an individual basis with people with learning disabilities and their families to assess needs, gather information on all circumstances relevant to them and identify all potential options.
- Appendix 5 outlines a case study about a group of women who have benefited following a move to supported living.