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Current information about reports and resources, available nationally and locally from Government and Hampshire County Council and other organisations involved in social care for people with learning disabilities.

 

  • Have your say... Orchard Close
  • Resource about abuse
  • Interesting reading (LeDeR)
  • Connect to Support Hampshire
    Advertising Events

Have your say...

The proposed closure of Orchard Close Respite Service, Hayling Island

 

Hampshire County Council Adult Services Consultation announced: open from 28 September to 21 December,  2018.

 

“This is a public consultation to seek the views of service users and other interested stakeholders on proposals to close Orchard Close, with a view to providing more personalised and tailored respite solutions to those people who currently use the service.


The way social care is provided is changing with an emphasis on wellbeing, prevention, early intervention and individual choice. People want more choice and control over their care. We want to encourage people with less complex needs to access appropriate support and services that enable them to integrate more into their local community.


Where building-based respite is required for individuals requiring more intensive support, it should be delivered from modern facilities – for example, the recently-constructed Hindson House in Basingstoke and the new respite facility under construction at Locks Heath. Both these services have been designed to meet complex needs in a way that Orchard Close cannot replicate due to its physical layout.


Further details, including how to take part in the consultation can be found at the following www.hants.gov.uk/orchard.


During the course of the consultation, those people who use Orchard Close as well as their families and carers, will have the opportunity to meet, on a one-to-one basis, with senior managers from the County Council to discuss the proposals, and potential alternative respite solutions.”

 

Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP Comment:

 

  • Respite is important for the person with the learning disability as well as the carer who has a break from caring. 
  • Many people have loved using Orchard Close because of its location near to the sea, it has given respite a real holiday feel. The service is apparently often under subscribed in the winter months but how many people who have a respite allocation do not use it in full? 
  • Could it be “under subscribed” because there are not enough people who have access to it?  (The same argument was used in the various attempts to close Highfield House Respite Unit in the 2000s). 
  • Respite seems to be a diminishing resource, with short breaks being the preferred option of Adult Services, though not necessarily the preference of those who want and need respite. 
  • The argument that “young people prefer a different kind of respite” is relevant, but those young people will age and want something different later in life. We do not dispense with services, just because the people who are currently young, do not value them!

There are many more arguments for and against – please feel free to share your thoughts with us.
Make sure you have your say and help protect this resource for the future. 

New resource about abuse from Hampshire County Council Health and Social Care

 

http://documents.hants.gov.uk/adultservices/easy-read/Whatyouneedtoknowaboutabuse.pdf


This an easy read booklet to explain what abuse is and what to do if it happens to you.

Interesting Reading: 
The Government’s response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Second Annual Report.

 

This is the response to findings that people with learning disabilities die earlier than a sample of the rest of the population. There are findings for the health service and for the care sector which include better training and improved communication.


If you have worries about the health of your relative this document might be a useful tool to refer to when dealing with health and care professionals. There is an easy read version too. Find it on
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk

Connect to Support Hampshire

https://connectsupport.hants.gov.uk/

Connect to Support Hampshire is a new countywide online information and advice guide and directory of local services for adults with care and support needs. It provides a one stop shop for adults in Hampshire looking for information, community support and care options.

 

Usable by anyone; 600+ listings of services near you; directory of care homes and home care agencies; Information and advice regarding care and support.

 

Advertising Events...

Connect to Support (part of Health & Social Care at Hampshire County Council) have now set up a page called LD Events at www.connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/LDevents
They want to make this page the main hub for event info. Flyers are fine as they can upload the pdf and link to it.


To advertise your event on Connect to Support, please email the team at connectsupport@hants.gov.uk 


Obviously this will be a good place to start if you are looking for new activities or something to do one weekend.

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