How care is changing

Care and support is changing

Care and support in Thurrock is changing.

Our approach to this is called 'Building Positive Futures'. It is about local people and organisations working together in new ways to provide the support that people need.

Building Positive Futures has 3 themes.

Building homes where older people can live independently

Affordable, desirable, high-quality homes with the right neighbourhood facilities are vital in creating a borough where older people can live independently. Well-designed and insulated houses, with minimal heating bills make a big difference to the quality of life in later years.

More than 1,000 new homes will be built by the council alone over a 5-year period, some of them specially designed with older people in mind. We are working with developers to encourage them to build housing designed for older people.

Helping people live at home for longer

We are developing services to help people live independently for longer at home. These services include practical help with repairs, gardening and advice. There are also programmes to help people to live healthy lifestyles and dedicated schemes aimed at key areas of need, such as falls prevention and affordable warmth.

For people with an acute health problem, the Rapid Response Assessment Service – a partnership with the local health service – provides urgent assessment in people’s homes. It gives access to services such as home care reablement, telecare and telehealth or short stays in short term assessment and reablement flats or residential homes.

Other schemes give short-term support following illness, injury or surgery. These include helping people re-adjust to living at home after a stay in hospital. Some services help with long term conditions such as diabetes and dementia.

Helping vulnerable people find support in their communities

This is a programme to strengthen communities aims to improve people’s health and well-being. It also uses the ideas and skills of local people to make sure the best care and support possible is available to everyone.

Local area coordination helps vulnerable people stay connected with the people and services that can help them. This type of 'asset-based community development' strengthens the connections between people, their common interests and concerns.

These connections help local people develop the schemes that suit them.