A range of proposals to develop and build new adult services accommodation and transform existing buildings to support people to remain independent and deliver improved outcomes are included in Northamptonshire County Council's budget proposals published today.
The proposals which also put services on a financially more secure footing outline how centres such as Eleanor Lodge in Northampton could be transformed into supported living accommodation for people with learning disabilities while another current private residential home could be brought back into council ownership and converted to help people with more complex needs.
Longer term plans are also proposed including the transformation of Moray Lodge in Northampton to provide specialist supported living for people with acquired brain injuries and those with mental health needs.
The plans recognise the need to invest in services where there is currently limited choice and the current cost for the council to purchase them is high.
All these developments would decrease the amount of money spent on contracting out such care to other providers at a higher cost.
Other longer term proposals include looking at potentially developing a new nursing and dementia residential care home in the north of the county to tackle a shortage of places in that area, which is leading to escalating costs and creates challenges for hospitals in trying to discharge those who need longer term care.
Cabinet member for adult social care Sandra Naden-Horley said:
"These investments would help us unlock a far more sustainable and cost-effective way of running the services that this county needs. In total these investments in our services could create savings of more than £1.5m over three years. Most of all they will help create capacity where we need it most and help more people stay living in their communities for longer as well as improving our services at the same time.
"This would see us build the foundations for a service which better meets the needs of the county, more fit for the future and would help transformation in preparation for unitary councils."
Other proposals within Adult Social Care include better contract management and utilisation of the Shaw PFI Programme to realise £1.4m next year and a further £248k the following year.
The proposals include those previously published as part of October's Stabilisation Plan for a provider framework and new pricing strategy for Learning Disability private providers to ensure there is more certainty about prices and that they reflect an individual's need. It also includes improving the quality and effectiveness of learning disability reviews and an increase use of schemes to support independent living rather than residential care.
Other proposals include better utilisation of Extra Care Schemes for older people and moving away from more expensive residential care and more use of Saxon Court, a private home for helping younger adults with complex needs.
The Council has seen some really positive effects of people's lives and outcomes through the use of such schemes allowing them to live in communities with on-site care and support when they need it and at the same time at considerably less cost that more traditional residential and nursing care.
Read the draft budget
Read the full draft budget on our Committee Management Information System:
What happens next?
Cabinet will discuss the proposed 2019/20 budget on Tuesday 11 December at 2:00pm.