Date: 03/09/2008 Category: Social Care
A new service has been launched to help elderly and vulnerable adults and people with special needs or disabilities maintain their independence. Living Well in Medway is being delivered by Church in Society and Chatham Citizens Advice Bureau in Chatham, Rochester and Strood and by Carers First in the Gillingham and Rainham areas. Medway Council has commissioned the service to help adults access vital care services. People will be able to refer themselves, or be referred by others such as another care provider or social care team. Anyone needing care will be assessed and helped to link up with a suitable provider. Providers of care and information including Age Concern, The Carers’ Centre and Medway Mobility were among the agencies that attended the council’s first community infrastructure fair in July to showcase the services available to residents. It was attended by more than 300 people. Diane Aslett from the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, who was exhibiting at the event, said the fair gave residents a chance to speak to care providers about their specific needs. She said: “People want to know not only about the benefits available to them, but also about leisure opportunities and how to ensure they keep mobile and retain their independence. “A lot of people are looking for somewhere other than the traditional day care centre, so I have been telling them about the transport services available to them to ensure they are able to do everyday things like go shopping and see their friends.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr Tom Mason explained his support for the scheme. He said: “This fair allows people to talk to various organisations under one roof to ensure they can learn about the different care packages on offer that are suitable for their individual needs. “Medway Council wants to give people the chance to devise their own care packages that are specifically designed to meet their individual needs. The Social Care Team is working alongside specialist organisations to ensure everyone in care retains their independence.” Another fair is being planned for early in the new year at Strood Sports Centre. For more details about care services for adults or older people, please call the Social Care Commissioning Team on 01634 331232. Information about the Living Well service is available on 888199 (Chatham, Rochester and Strood) or 582132 (Gillingham and Rainham).