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Homecare should not be seen as a commodity, but an essential part of many people’s lives

Homecare should not be seen as a commodity, but an essential part of many people’s lives

Homecare should not be seen as a commodity, but an essential part of many people’s lives.

A welcome new paper released this week from the United Kingdom Homecare Association and In Control and Helen Sanderson Associates, offers a guide to how Individual Service funds will offer individuals more choice and control about the services they receive.

 

An individual service fund, ISFs,  are a cash-based personal budget where the individual designs their service directly with their service  provider ( Care Agency) but avoid the need for people who use services to become involved in managing the financial aspects of their care, or the implications of becoming an employer when engaging a personal assistant. The provider organisation both manages the personal budget and provides support from their own service, or by purchasing other support on an individual’s behalf.

 

ISFs offer benefits of choice and control, and potential cost-savings for the public purse, compared to traditionally commissioned services.

 

Camille Leavold, Abbots and PA Care MD said ” We welcome these exciting new developments at Abbots and PA Care. We have always focused on the agreed outcomes of care and support, rather than time and task model adopted by traditional commissioners. PA Care has been developed in response to our customers feedback and can already accommodate individuals who would like to purchase care directly “

 

Hertfordshire County Council is developing an E Market place to accommodate the use of ISFs which is due to be released later this year.

 

For more information call PA Care on 01727 891004.



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