04:50AM, Thursday 24 October 2013
The changing face of the way the Royal Borough approaches care for elderly and vulnerable residents has been praised by councillors.
A quarterly report on efforts to transform adult and social service in the borough is due to go before cabinet tonight and was well received at a scrutiny panel meeting on Thursday, October 17.
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Sayonara Luxton (Con, Sunningdale), chairman of the adult services and health overview and scrutiny panel, said members were 'very pleased' with the progress being made.
She said: "From the feedback we have it's working well. We are looking at other options and looking at different services.
"It's very encouraging and it's still in its early stages."
A series of new projects and expanded programmes are being introduced by the borough as part of a changing approach to care and attempts to make £900,000 of savings through the borough's 'transformation programme'.
Among the measures are projects to keep elderly and vulnerable people in their own home for as long possible, such as the expansion of the telecare system, which provides remote monitoring of health and wellbeing.
Other programmes include the Homeshare scheme, which encourages lodgers to move in with vulnerable people and help them with everyday tasks, and Shared Lives, which provides support and accommodation for vulnerable people.
Outcome Based Commissioning (OBC), which pilots this month, is also being introduced to review people's care needs more often and set targets to improve independence.
The report states many projects are making 'significant progress', but adds the programme is set to come in £14,000 under its savings target due to an increased demand for nursing care and slower than expected progress in developing the Shared Lives scheme.
The cabinet meeting will take place at Windsor Guildhall at 7.30pm.
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