Petition - Save our extra care services

Response from Hampshire County Council, July 2016

Dear Mr Boswell

Thank you for your petition regarding the changes to care contracts at Quaker and Riverside Courts formally handed to me at the County Council meeting on 14th June 2016.

The County Council has noted the anxiety and concern to residents at the decision to deliver care services to clients in these schemes in a different way from September 2016. The County Council has made clear that the eligible assessed care needs of clients living at Quaker and Riverside Courts will continue to be met. However, the concerns around the areas of nutritional wellbeing, social isolation, and the delivery of preventative services from staff that tenants know have been clearly stated by tenants, their families and advocates, as well as through the petition you have signed. As you are aware from the meeting on the 14th June, Hampshire County Council has addressed these concerns through the proposal of a grant award for the delivery of a preventative service at these schemes to start from October 2016.

The County Council is committed to assess and review the needs of vulnerable people within these schemes where they request it, and council officers are working with tenants and their families to identify the best way for identified eligible assessed needs to be met. We would like to reassure you that the need to protect and care for the most vulnerable adults in our communities remains the highest priority for the County Council.

Yours sincerley

Cllr Liz Fairhurst
Executive Member for Adult Social Care