The recommendations to be considered by HASC – a cross party scrutiny committee, will set out provision for more personalised and tailored support to individuals, and follow an eight week public consultation, which ended in January.
The two services currently provide support for people with dementia, but the number of users attending the sessions has declined in recent years. The Masters House day service sessions held at Hayter House in Romsey are at around 40 per cent capacity. The Bulmer House day service delivered from the Ramscote Centre in Petersfield are currently operating at around 35 per cent capacity.
The way people are choosing to access care during the day is changing, with many now preferring to receive support tailored to their individual needs, rather than traditional day care. As such, Hampshire County Council’s adult social care service proposes to end the services, and continue to support people through individual care arrangements, tailored to their own personal needs. Detailed discussions have been held with those attending day sessions in both locations and their families, to explore the type of support they would like, and the alternative options available in their local area, should the decision be taken to end the current services.
Councillor Roger Huxstep, Chairman of the HASC, said: “The role of the HASC is to review proposals relating to changes in the way health and social care services are provided to the people of Hampshire, before they are considered by the relevant County Council Cabinet Member. We will consider the recommendation made by the adult social care service and the findings of the public consultation before making our recommendations to Councillor Liz Fairhurst, the Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health.”
Final recommendations relating to the future of the two services will be considered by Councillor Liz Fairhurst, at her Decision Day on Tuesday, 13 March 2018.