Service users draw up Southwark care plan

    More than 150 older people and people with learning difficulties
    have contributed to a plan drawn up by Southwark Council in London
    to increase their independence and well being.

    The 25-point plan follows a four-month investigation by the
    council’s scrutiny panel into home care.

    Service users were asked what they felt would make their lives
    easier and enable them to live more independently. Voluntary
    organisations representing and helping older people were also

    Scrutiny panel chairperson Janet Heatley said: “We decided to
    take a fresh look at all services provided in the home and ask
    disabled older people what problems they come up against and to
    suggest ways of solving them.”

    Among the recommendations included in the 20-page report are a
    feasibility study into setting up a dementia team and negotiating
    with the police to set up a borough-wide system of police checks
    for care workers.

    The council’s ratification committee will consider the report in

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