ADASS welcomes new money to help people stay independent  

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: 4th October 2010
Embargo: 00:01, Tuesday 5th October 2010
Directors of Adult Social Services in England have welcomed the Governments decision to make extra finances available for `reablement services those designed to ensure elderly people leaving hospital are provided with care in the first all-important weeks following their discharge.

ADASS President Richard Jones said this is an encouraging first step towards ensuring that sensible, effective preventative services can be put in place quickly and carefully so that the NHS can be spared the expense of unnecessary and disruptive readmissions.

It is good news, and we see it as confirming our view that only by tighter integration of health and social care services in the community will real savings, and real improvements in services, be made.

He went on to stress that councils already make a significant investment into reablement  services and that the new money needs to be used to build on existing services that both support people to get back home and prevent the need for readmission into hospital or residential and nursing care. The resource, and the requirement to agree joint plans for its use, signal an important step on the necessary journey to further integration, he said.

* For further information contact:
Richard Jones, ADASS President, 0177 253 4390
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.

`Personalisation' is a term used to describe a number of ways in which vulnerable adults and their carers can receive a mixture of local authority and government money in order to pay directly for the care services they need without direct social services involvement.

They will be helped in making an assessment of their needs and finances by social workers who will also involve and consider the needs and availability of carers. Any contractual agreement is therefore between the individual and the care worker or operator.