Hertfordshire County Council launches its own care company – Herts at Home

Published: 26 Nov 2018

Adult care services in Hertfordshire are being supported by the county council launching its own local care company, Herts at Home Limited.

The launch of Herts at Home, which will be owned entirely by the county council, was agreed by the Cabinet on Monday (26 November). It will help ensure the county council can step in to provide vital adult care services if needed.

The county council wants to develop new ways of helping residents at short notice where care services are not of the standard expected, or where a change of care provider is needed.

Herts at Home is taking on the management of two Flexicare services in December and home care services in Letchworth; these are currently managed by Allied Healthcare.

Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, Colette Wyatt-Lowe said: “This is a groundbreaking and very exciting step taken by Hertfordshire County Council to future-proof its adult care services.

“During these times of economic uncertainty, we recognise the pressing need to ensure greater control and management of our essential services for vulnerable adults in the event of provider failure.”

Director of Adult Care and Health Services, Iain Macbeath said: “We already work with a wide range of excellent care providers to help residents live independent lives but sometimes we need the reassurance that we can step in if necessary.

“We have set up our own company to do this if we need to, but we will continue to work with all our partners and providers to safeguard vital services whenever necessary.”