Councillor Nicolas Barlow, Cabinet Member for adult social care trying out the equipment with Chris Outhwaite, Assistant Team Manager at Dudley Council

A new initiative by Dudley Council has seen the council invest in new equipment such as hoists and specialist sheets to help carers take a ‘single-handed’ approach to care in the borough.

Aiming to help people maintain mobility and independence for longer, the ‘single-handed care’ initiative is one of a raft of measures introduced by the Council following the Government awarding it £13.9 million as part of the national £2billion Improved Better Care Fund in 2017.

Out of the almost £14 million funding, the council committed to spending £7 million in the first 12 months and spending the full amount over a three-year period to tackle some of the most pressing issues in health and adult social care.

According to Dudley Council, evidence shows that the equipment is having a positive impact on people’s confidence and independence, enabling in many cases for only one carer, rather than two, to provide support.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, Cabinet Member for adult social care, said: “Dignity in care is something we champion in the borough and being able to give people more independence in their own home is one of the key ways we can help achieve this.

“Anecdotally, people are already telling us that our new approach to their care is having a positive impact on their personal well-being.”

As well as allowing for a more personal and dignified approach to care, ensuring an individual does not feel crowded and feels more in control of their own life, the initiative is also freeing up resource to help tend the growing care needs in the community.

Councillor Barlow continued: “One of the great benefits of this approach is that on some occasions where we would have traditionally needed two carers, the support of one carer is more than sufficient.  This is great news for us as we know residents are happy because they feel more in control of their own lives and it means we can free up staff time to visit other residents and carry out other essential duties.”

With the new initiative receiving praise from other local authorities looking to adopt a similar approach to care within their own areas, Councillor Barlow confirmed that the approach will continue to be rolled out across the borough.

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