Wirral Elderly Asked For Views On Care Plans

COUNCIL leader Steve Foulkes toured local adult social services facilities to listen to residents’ views and discuss plans for the future.

Cllr Foulkes, accompanied by Cllr Moira McLaughlin, cabinet member for social care and inclusion, were joined by John Webb, director of adult social services, for the tour, which highlighted developments in care and support designed to help meet the needs of Wirral into the future.

“This was a great opportunity to see how we are meeting the challenge of providing high quality affordable care and a support system for our rapidly ageing population,” said Cllr Foulkes.

“We are committed to putting care and choice at the heart of our services.

“People want, and have a right to expect, modern services that are fit for purpose, and we hope that the direction Wirral’s Adult Services are moving in promotes independence, choice and control for all.”

Consultation with people who use services is also taking place and will be ongoing as services continue to be transformed, say the council. In a statement, the authority said developments include the introduction of individual budgets and person-centred assessments, allowing individuals to decide for themselves how best their needs can be met, instead of practitioners deciding for them.

“This customer-led approach means that services will have to change to meet those needs and Wirral can expect to see many changes over the next few months and years,” said Cllr McLaughlin.

“Some council services will be streamlined with those offered by the health service, and more services will be offered at local level.”

The tour included Harvest Court in Berrylands Road, Moreton; Cherrytrees, in Cherry Tree Road, Moreton; and Girtrell Court, in Woodpecker Close, Upton.