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1 OPSS Older Peoples Support Service HSS Home Support Service Building Cleaning Transport, Cleaning and Catering Service Local Environmental Services

2 u Supporting People funding introduced in 2002 – bringing together a number of funding sources. u Housing services surveyed residents of sheltered accommodation, determined that older people felt that a cleaning service would help maintain their independence. u We provided a service specification for a cleaning service, and it was agreed that this service would receive SP funding. How Service Developed

3 Between 2002 and 2008 u Evolution of cleaning service. u Developments within other council services. u Change in funding criteria. u Audit commission supporting people inspection (of SP team). u Home cleaning service review. u Excellent customer feedback.

4 Next Steps u SP Team very keen to see development of a floating Support Service for Older People. u Worked collaboratively to develop a new service to meet recognised needs in Gateshead. u Matched SP funding criteria.

5 6 Main Support Areas u Quality of life u Health u Social networks/skills and hobbies u Home environment u Dealing with home-based administration and finances u Cultural and religious needs

6 What We Offer u Visiting service/reducing isolation / befriending u Helping access social interaction u Signposting to welfare benefits check u Information conduit u Household clerical tasks u Independent living skills/kitchen skills training u Accompanied shopping/arranging delivery u Security advice – fit security equipment u Home safety check (RoSPA)

7 u Over 50 years old u Gateshead resident u In need of the support the service can offer. u In receipt of Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit u Eligible for fairer charging assessment. OPSS Eligibility

8 New Home Support Service u Decision taken to offer a paid-for housework service across the board. u No eligibility criteria. u Service Users set the specification within the time they choose to have. u Frequency of visits set by Service Users.

9 Service in South Neighbourhood u Requesting repairs to mobility equipment u Requesting repairs to property u Accompanied excursions u Social and emotional support u Meeting individual goals

10 Model of Additional Support OPSS Centrally funded Supporting individuals to manage and maintain their independence HSS Customer funded Carrying out housework tasks for customers Older People now exercising increased independence, choice and control over their lives.

11 Older Peoples Support Service Home Support Service Priscilla Elmer Tel:


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