Agenda item

Modernising Older People's Services in Bracknell Forest


Mira Haynes, Chief Officer: Older People & Long Term Conditions presented a report on Modernisation of Older People’s Services which had been approved by the Executive. The report’s recommendations covered a wide range of measures intended to improve support for older people in the Borough.


It was noted that there had been a shift in the way in which people wished to be supported and how they made decisions. Modernising services looked at making services more efficient and effective and was not about cutting the level of support available to older people.


The recommendations would now undergo considerable consultation with both people currently receiving support and staff involved in the delivery of services. The Group held a discussion on the recommendations in the report which were to:


  • consult on the future of ‘In House’ Home Support for people with long term conditions with a view to the independent sector providing this support;
  • consult on the future of Ladybank Older Persons Home with a view to re-providing long term care;
  • establish ways in which (working with partners) residential intermediate care is enhanced and in time relocated to more suitable accommodation;
  • consult with staff in Community Response and Reablement on proposals to enhance capacity in terms of new rosters and use of technology;
  • locate the Home Care Dementia Team at Heathlands Day Centre and consult on new managerial arrangements;
  • work with the Independent Sector on the introduction of electronic monitoring for domiciliary providers;
  • work with Wokingham Borough Council with a view to evaluating opportunities to provide the Sensory Needs Service from within Bracknell Forest Council Community Teams;
  • develop proposals to enhance Community Response and Reablement and Falls Service via funding from the PCT; and
  • develop appropriate housing options with partners to ensure that the Older Persons Accommodation Strategy is implemented providing a range of accommodation across the Borough.


Members were informed that the consultation on Ladybank Older Persons Home had begun. Officers would be meeting with staff, residents and relatives. A consultation document was available on the BFC website. Members of the Group were encouraged to participate in the consultation.


To address the availability of staff in relation to the Community Response and Enablement service it was intended that an electronic monitoring system be used to improve the co-ordination and operational efficiency or the service. It was noted that this would show the actual time people received from the service and would help monitor whether a review of circumstances was required.


Members of the Group were encouraged to contact Mira Haynes with any queries they may have in relation to the Modernisation of Older People’s Services.

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