Council promises better care for the elderly

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Significant changes in the way care services are delivered to people in Calderdale have been approved.

Intermediate care provides short term help to enable people to recover faster from illness and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, readmissions and premature admissions to longer term residential care.

It also supports people who are discharged from hospital, maximising their potential to live independently.

Calderdale Council Cabinet decided that “Gateway to Care” – the single point where people can access intermediate service and social care services - should become a permanent joint service led and managed by the council.

They also agreed that an integrated intermediate ervice should be led and managed by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and that the new arrangements should be reviewed within 12 months from the start of the service.

Adult health and social care spokesman Coun Bob Metcalfe said the new arrangements represented a significant change in the way the council and the trust work together.

It should ensure more people are returned to full independence through reablement and rehabilitation, better and more timely discharges from hospital, fewer unplanned hospital admissions and re-admissions and improved satisfaction.

The cost of long term support services should fall.

“The council and the hospital trust are working together so that people can experience a simplified and better service from health and social care.”

The new Integrated Care Service will commence in October.