Changes in the community
Health and Social Care in Tilbury and Chadwell is changing. There is a move to join up health, care and community workers all together to better support you. Starting in the community, adult social care is seeing some exciting developments such as Wellbeing Teams, Community Led Support, and Technology Enabled Care.
- Wellbeing Teams – will be introduced as an alternative way of working from the more traditional care people may receive in their own home. The new teams will aim to support you to achieve the things that matter most. Wellbeing workers will be more locally based and will take time to get to know you to be able to offer a service tailored to you.
- Community Led Support – will bring social workers out of the Council and into the community, making it easier for you to access them. You can now go to different community venues and speak directly with a social worker who can work with you to identify what you might need to best support your situation.
- Many of the changes described will use Technology Enabled Care. Technology is fast becoming more sophisticated and is helping people to regain independence and control, and alert carers and health professionals to any issues at the earliest opportunity.
Benefits of this new way of working include:
• Identifying gaps in services;
• Re-allocating resources to where they are needed the most;
• Early-intervention support.
How will this work for you?
Mr C’s story
Mr C visited the ‘talking shop’ sessions held at Chadwell Community Hub by the Adult Social Care Community Led Support Team. Mr C’s wife of 40 years had been diagnosed with dementia and parkinsons 5 years ago. Mr C was finding it more difficult to care for her and was feeling very isolated, missing out on things he used to love. After talking to the social worker she invited Mr C and his wife to a local community appointment. Talking with them together, the social worker found out what was important to them and found a way for his wife to get funded support to attend a dementia group. Mr C was then able to go back to his old club and spend time on his allotment. He felt much better, and so did Mrs C.