Statement in response to Phil Hope's visit to Oakley Grange

25 February 2010

Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for health and adult social services said: “Northamptonshire County Council is proud to be supporting Dignity Action Day. We have put in extra money into adult social care to ensure we can continue to drive through the changes needed so vulnerable people are treated with dignity, listened to and given the respect, and privacy they deserve.

“Many of us at some point in our lives will be in contact with care services, whether it is in our work, as a service user, carer, relative or friend and when we do, we should expect to be treated with dignity.

“We are pleased to welcome Phil Hope the Minister of Care Services who has chosen Oakley Grange, Corby in his constituency as the place he wants to champion Dignity Action Day. I hope it will be an invaluable opportunity for him to speak directly to customers and staff about their experiences of social care and the changes that are happening to increase people’s independence and choice over the way they live their lives.”

Additional information:

Oakley Grange is a daytime base for people with learning disabilities in the Corby area. It is used by 20 people.

The council’s plan for day services, “Developing Community Lives” strategy, has meant services have been changing to achieve greater integration within local communities. From the Oakley Grange base people are supported to participate in activities in the Corby area as well as at the base.

The site also contains a resource centre for people with physical disabilities and office accommodation for the council’s short term assessment and re-enablement service (START). This service supports approximately 2500 mainly older people each year to regain their confidence and be as independent as possible often after a period of ill health.


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