Falkirk Council Home Care Service provides care to approximately 1,600 in house service users and manages the care of approximately 300 + external agency only and in-house plus external agency and or voluntary provider service users.
The traditional model of management for this service had been to appoint home care managers on a geographical basis to manage the whole range of services to be provided. Whilst this was acceptable 15 years ago with the changes to care provision, increased volume of care at home services and the changing ethos of how we provide services, e.g. re-ablement, use of private providers etc. the traditional model was outdated, no longer met the needs of the service users and was preventing the capacity of managers to provide the high quality of care services which we aim to provide.
As part of our self evaluation exercise we highlighted the need to diversify our management arrangements and specifically aim to target the effective splitting of the patch home care manager’s role into three specialism’s. These will be long term service provision within a geographical patch, resource management of agency providers, shopping meals and laundry services and our 24/7 service providing specialist re-hab at home, crisis care and to move into a more involved relationship with facilitating more appropriate and timely discharge of patients as well as preventing hospital admission by extending the remit of our rapid response services and working closer with our colleagues in Reach.
transfer appropriate people to the HWCRS (e.g. those who meet the agreed criteria)
work with and encourage service users to regain their level of function with regards to mobility, personal care and kitchen tasks resulting in an increase in confidence and independent living for the service user
educate the informal care/family regarding the re-ablement approach to care
encourage socialisation and taking part in mainstream HWC activities
Connecting Carers is a third sector organisation that provides information, advice, support and training to unpaid Carers across the Highland region. They work with Carers in person but also have an active web community and popular blog which can be found on their website www.connectingcarers.org.uk
Encourage carers to think about emergency planning and introduce carers to helpful new technology that could be used if an emergency arose.