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Source: City of Coventry

Published Monday, 30 September 2019

The annual report for adult social care in Coventry outlines how services are aimed at providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives independently.

The report, also known as the local account, pledges how adult social care will focus on a strength-based’ approach – ensuring plans and support are based on the strengths of the person and retaining their independence wherever possible.

It will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on October 8.

The content of the report is based largely on the feedback and experiences of those who come into contact with adult social care in the city.

For example, people can read about Roy who joined the shared lives scheme when he was no longer able to carry on living in his current home and has formed a great relationship with his carer and her family. He says shared lives has given him a sense of belonging.

The report also features 83-year-old Elaine who has been working with the promoting independence team since she had a stroke 18 months ago. The team gave both Elaine and her husband Ron practical help and provided them with equipment which not only supported Elaine but gave Ron the chance to get a better night’s sleep.

Elaine said: “It gave me the confidence which I badly needed, I’ve still got that confidence,
I’m very grateful to everyone.”

Cllr Mal Mutton, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “I’m very pleased with this report and I’m very grateful to the service users who have told their stories.

“The report doesn’t shy away from the very real challenges we, and councils up and down the country, face including increased care costs, uncertain funding and increased demand for services from an ageing population.

“However, it does give me confidence that we are taking the right approach, alongside our partners, to treat the people that require services with respect and help them to retain their independence and keep control of their lives.”

View the full report.

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