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Older adults day activities and day services

Decision:

Resolved: The committee agreed to refer its views to Mayor and Cabinet in the following terms:

The committee recommends to Mayor & Cabinet that the proposed consultation period for these proposals is varied in order to avoid the school summer holidays – a time when the consultation is unlikely to receive the maximum number of responses.

 

Minutes:

Heather Hughes (Joint Commissioning Lead, Complex Care & Learning Disability) introduced the report. The following key points were noted:

6.1       Demand for building-based day service for adults has reduced from 56 places per day in 2012/13 to 34 places per day in 2018/19.

6.2       Mainstream adult day services are currently delivered at the Calabash Centre, Cedar Court, and Cinnamon Court.

6.3       Officers are seeking permission to consult on proposals to combine the three services into a single service providing 30 places per day.

6.4       The council has heavily invested in alternative offers for day activities for older adults. With the increased use of direct payments, more people who may have historically gone to day services are using the wider community offer.

6.5       Increasingly, the council is supporting people who have significant care needs to remain at home in the community and this is reflecting in the increase in referrals for people with high needs to day services.

6.6       The committee noted the planned consultation timetable and commented that consulting over July and August would not get the maximum response.

6.7       In response, officers would explore extending the consultation period.

6.8       The committee asked if the council has a sense of why the BME-specific day service at the Calabash centre is being underused and whether service users had been asked about this.

6.9       The day service at the Calabash centre is tailored specifically for older people from Afro-Caribbean backgrounds and the number of older people in Lewisham from that community being referred to the service at the Calabash centre is decreasing. This may be because people from this community are accessing other formal and informal services.

6.10     The committee also asked if the proposed consultation would engage people who meet the criteria for day services but who are not currently service users.

6.11     The proposed consultation is an open consultation. The council will be making direct contact with people who use the services and their families and will also be contacting key stakeholder groups.

6.12     The committee noted that, while the culturally-specific needs of older people will change over time, it may be too soon to discontinue the BME-specific service at the Calabash centre as this is still an extremely important service for a lot of people.

6.13     The committee also noted that if the existing day services are to be consolidated at one location, the Calabash centre, then the council will need to consider the practicalities of greater numbers of accessible vehicles being parked on the road outside the centre at the same time.

6.14     Officers said that the number of places per day commissioned reflected the numbers that were commissioned under the previous historical contract for Calabash where parking had been manageable.

 

Resolved: The committee agreed to refer its views to Mayor and Cabinet in the following terms:

 

The committee recommends to Mayor & Cabinet that the proposed consultation period for these proposals is varied in order to avoid the school summer holidays – a time when the consultation is unlikely to receive the maximum number of responses.

 

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