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Consultation - modernising care for older
people in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Local residents will be able to have their say on proposals to modernise care for older people in Rhondda Cynon Taf through a 12-week consultation on future options for both residential and day care services.
In November 2018, Cabinet Members agreed to consult on transformational options for the Local Authoritys care provision and proposals put forward outlined options to substantially invest in and modernise residential and day care services to better meet the needs of the County Boroughs older residents. The consultation period will begin on Monday, January 14, and run for 12 weeks, ending on April 8.
During this period, the Council will provide information about the proposals to people living in its 11 residential care homes, along with advocacy support where required. The Council will also write to relatives and key stakeholders.
Engagement sessions will take place with staff and residents of each care home, along with staff and users of the Councils day care centres at Tonyrefail, Trecynon, Riverside, Ferndale and Bronllwyn.
Members of the public will have access to information about the proposals from January 14, through a dedicated consultation webpage on the Councils website. The Council will also use its social media accounts to promote the consultation, directing users to the homepage. Here, views and opinions can be conveyed in an online survey, while public drop-in events will be held at:
Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad March 13, 2019 (2pm to 8pm).
At the heart of the proposals is a planned £50m investment in Extra Care across Rhondda Cynon Taf to build five brand new facilities and increase the total number of Extra Care places to 300 across the County Borough.
Extra Care delivers modern accommodation to allow residents to live as independently as possible in their own homes. They are modern, built-for-purpose buildings, where residents have 24/7 access to targeted support for their assessed needs.
Following an independent review, the following options are being consulted upon:
OPTION 1 Continue existing arrangements.
OPTION 2 Phased decommissioning of all Council care homes.
OPTION 3 The Council retains some of its residential care homes, to focus on complex care. This is the Councils preferred option.
OPTION 1 Continue existing arrangements.
OPTION 2 Phased decommissioning of all five day care centres, introducing a new service model offering universal services and opportunities for older people in Community Hubs, along with day services for assessed care needs and specialist dementia care. This is the Councils preferred option.
Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Councils Cabinet Member for Adult Community Services and Welsh Language, said: We understand that residential care and day care are very important Council services and the Council truly believes that modernising care for older people now is the right thing to do, and at the right time.
Local people will be able to have their say through a number of avenues within the 12-week consultation. Residential and day care users, along with relatives and key stakeholders, will be engaged by the Council internally while members of the general public will have access to important information, and have the ability to contribute to the process online or in person.
Our current residential care service has excellent staff and has served the County Borough well for decades, but the current offer is based on a more traditional model of care. Much of the estate is showing its age not only in the condition of the buildings, but in its fundamental design and purpose.
The Council has a duty to reflect on this model to meet the changing needs of older generations and the proposals are based on high aspirations and tangible results from the one Extra Care facility currently available in Rhondda Cynon Taf, at Ty Heulog in Talbot Green. The Council believes Extra Care should be available to more people and the five new facilities, previously agreed by Cabinet, are at the heart of the future options put forward along with the retention of complex care in the Councils service delivery.
With regard to day care, we have seen a large decrease in the number of users at our five centres. In September 2018 an average of just 200 people per day used the service and this is predicted to further decline. The proposals again seek to utilise Extra Care, and also the Councils Community Hubs programme, in a new model where the Councils internal provision focuses on complex care.
I would urge residents to take part in this extensive 12-week consultation, by finding more information on the consultation webpage, completing the survey and attending one of our community drop in events.
The consultation material will be published on January 14, and will be available to view on the following link: www.rctcbc.gov.uk/consultations.
Additional train services have been added between Cardiff and the Valleys
Additional train services are now in operation between Cardiff and the Valleys, including several services that have been added on Sundays.
Transport for Wales issued its new timetable changes this month and they are now in operation.
It brings some good news to train commuters who, in some places, have seen much travel disruption since the franchise took over.
But now services have been added between Cardiff and Aberdare and Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil.
Other services have also been altered slightly so you are advised to check your journeys.
What services have been added?
Monday to Friday
9.22am Aberdare to Cardiff Central
10.41am Cardiff Central to Aberdare
Your Neighbours Need You looking out
for one another during snow
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is launching its Your Neighbours Need You campaign, to encourage residents to be good neighbours and look out for one another during periods of severe winter weather.
This campaign was recommended by the Councils Public Service Delivery Scrutiny Committee, to support the wider work of the Council to prepare for the potential of severe weather during the winter period.
Last winter, the County Borough experienced two periods of snow with freezing temperatures in December 2017 and March 2018. While the Councils proactive approach and comprehensive response was praised, theres always more that can be done in preparation for severe weather.
Your Neighbours Need You
The Council has since bought three 4x4 vehicles fitted with snow ploughs, which can access side roads that its larger lorries cannot. Also, in October 2018, Cabinet agreed that the Council should encourage communities to come together, with neighbours helping each other during extreme weather.
The Your Neighbours Need You campaign encourages residents to help each other and in particular vulnerable people during periods of heavy snowfall. It promotes a number of small actions that good neighbours can undertake during severe winter weather which could bring freezing temperatures, an inaccessible road network and a halt to services.
A new campaign website has been published on the Councils website, to provide detailed information and advice on how to be a good neighbour when the snow strikes. Here is a broad summary of the advice being provided:
Checking in on your neighbours especially elderly or vulnerable people,
who may be reliant on important services or help which cannot be delivered
during periods of severe winter weather. From offering to do their shopping
to ensuring their heating is working, small acts could make a big difference.
Councillor Steve Bradwick, Chair of the Public Service Delivery, Communities and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee, said: This important campaign has resulted from our scrutiny working group, established to consider how communities can support the Councils response to severe winter weather.
The Your Neighbours Need You campaign is promoting the small actions which can be undertaken by residents, which will make a big difference to an individual or community when bad weather strikes. It is especially important that neighbours do their bit to support elderly or vulnerable residents.
The two periods of inclement weather experienced last year brought significant disruption across the County and, whilst the Council had taken a number of steps to prepare for the onset of the weather, the volume of the snowfall presented major issues to many of our communities.
The Council only has limited resources in tackling the disruption and must always prioritise the condition on our main routes, so we are asking the public to help us particularly in our side streets.
Severe episodes of winter weather often prompt us to stay inside in the warm, although I would urge residents to think whether Your Neighbours Need You especially if they are elderly, as they may not have access to the services they may rely on.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, added: In response to the work of scrutiny, Cabinet Members made a commitment for the Council to promote community self-help during times of extreme winter weather, with residents looking after one another when snow could in the very worst circumstances result in services being stopped, roads being impassable and communities being isolated.
This campaign has come about following the valuable work undertaken by the Public Service Delivery, Communities and Prosperity Scrutiny Working Group. A report by the Group was put before Cabinet in October 2018, and it has informed these changes.
The Councils proactive approach to the severe weather in December 2017 and March 2018 was widely praised, and the Your Neighbours Need You campaign, along with the purchase of brand new 4x4 snow ploughs, will ensure that we are even better prepared when the snow next hits.
This campaign is another valuable piece of work undertaken by the Councils scrutiny functions.
The Your Neighbours Need You Campaign was one of a number recommendations
made by the Public Services Scrutiny Committee to the Councils Cabinet,
to support the Local Authority in preparing for winter weather. The consideration
of this matter by scrutiny followed a Notice of Motion to establish a voluntary
snow warden scheme in Rhondda Cynon Taf, tabled in the names of Cllr Pauline
Jarman and Cllr Shelley Rees-Owen.
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