Posted: Wednesday 7th March 2018
A new strategy for adult care in Hertfordshire was given the seal of approval by councillors this week (Tuesday 6 March).
Changes in society mean that Hertfordshire will face new challenges over the next 15 years. While many of us can expect to live longer lives, more people are living with chronic illnesses than ever before. As our population ages, dementia and frailty are becoming more common. The number of over 85s in Hertfordshire will double in 15 years.
The rising demand for care in the county will be difficult to meet with public funding alone, but advances in digital technology will create new possibilities for providing support. We will personalise care for individuals, creating plans that work for them, their families, and their communities.
The new strategy identifies four key priorities which will guide the way we work in the next 15 years:
Information and advice. Our staff will be better equipped to provide advice about the services provided by us and our partners, from financial or legal planning to remaining independent as we get older. We will use technology to enable people and their families to easily access the information they need.
Connected Communities. Our role will increasingly be about helping people to connect to sources of support in their own personal networks and local communities, from influencing the design of housing and neighbourhoods, to increasing support for carers, who will be at the heart of our approach. This will help to tackle loneliness and isolation.
Valuing independence. We will promote a healthy and active lifestyle to our residents to help prevent future care needs, and we will focus on enabling independence for those with life-long care needs. We will be at the forefront of advances in new ‘assistive technology’, and we will lobby for more housing for older and disabled people.
Caring well. We will develop care services that are personalised, addressing people’s wellbeing and keeping them safe. We will improve how we work jointly with the NHS to plan care.
The strategy will go to full cabinet for final approval later this month.
Read the full strategy or find out more about the adult care, support and services on offer from Hertfordshire County Council.
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