Photo: Lib Dem Adult Care spokesperson Councillor Tony Dawson
New Home Care bosses for East Southport
A new Home Care provider will take over the management and supervision of Sefton MBC’s main Domiciliary Care provision in the eastern part of Southport from midnight on 20th November.
Middlesex-based Guardian Homecare, http://www.guardianhomecare.org.uk/
which already provides care to people in Blackpool and parts of Kent, will take over the care staff and equipment of Mears Care who have backed out early from providing care services locally under a contract with Sefton Council which was due to end in April 2017.
The announcement comes after pressure from Lib Dem Adult Care spokesperson Councillor Tony Dawson.
Councillor Dawson told the Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting in Bootle last week that it was wrong that the scores of people receiving care financed through the Council in more than half of Southport were still ‘in the dark’ many weeks after Mears Care had said they were pulling out.
“It was just not fair on vulnerable people to keep them in the dark,” he says. “The staff who are transferring over have known for many weeks now and the clients and their carers have a right to be told.”
Guardian Care will take over Mears Care’s responsibilities for Meols, Norwood, Kew and Birkdale Wards while Delta Care continue to provide Care to clients in Ainsdale, Dukes and Cambridge Wards.
Both Guardian Care and Preston-based Delta Care (who provide care to the western part of Southport) have now been offered a roll-over of their contracts for a further 12 months till April 2018.
After that,” says Cllr Dawson, “the council intends to provide care based upon a different model, with the care workers being brought much more into a targeted rehabilitation process for those clients where this is a possibility. This could produce highly-beneficial results for some clients but will also require careful monitoring when it is introduced.
The idea of a more focused approach to domiciliary care emerged during the Scrutiny Committee’s Domiciliary Care Working Group which was set up last year at Cllr Dawson’s suggestion and reported in the Spring. This year, the Scrutiny Committee is to have a working party looking at Residential Care.
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