£3 million investment in social care hubs

More than £3 million is set to be spent completing the upgrade of four social care ‘hubs’ in Liverpool.

It marks the final phase of the Transformation programme, which has seen the creation of new and refurbished facilities across the city to provide help and support for people with a range of conditions.

Much more emphasis is being placed on making sure that people can continue living at home and do not end up in residential accommodation unnecessarily.

The money will be used to completely refurbish bedrooms and renovate lounge, kitchen and dining areas at:

• Sedgemoor Dementia Centre in Norris Green
• Granby Reablement Centre in Toxteth
• Venmore Health and Wellbeing Centre in Everton (stroke recovery)

A ‘telecare’ suite is also being created at Sedgemoor to train people to use technology to help them stay safe home at home, as well as the installation of a ‘techno gym’ to assist with strength and fitness.

Venmore latest - Oct 2013

At Venmore (pictured), the short stay unit will also start offering services to residents and the wider community.

And at The Lime in Kensington, which helps people with complex needs, new furniture will be installed, together with a gym and a new summer house for activities.

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for adult social care, Councillor Roz Gladden, said: “This marks the final phase of investment to completely transform the services we deliver in our social care buildings.

“It means all of our hubs will be welcoming and comfortable places to spend time, kitted out with the latest technology.

“I am really proud that we have been able to make a significant investment in a new kind of care facility which is completely transforming the way in which we provide support to people.

“The whole emphasis now is on helping people lead independent lives, so that they do not end up in long term care before it is absolutely necessary.”

There will also be investment in new technology to enable social work staff to carry out integrated assessments in the community, so people do not have to undergo separate appraisals by different health and social care organisations.

A report recommending the investment will be considered by the Mayor’s Cabinet on Friday 8 November.