Greater independence for adults with learning disability at heart of new plans

PROVIDING support to allow adults with a learning disability or autism to thrive in their communities is key to new plans to reshape the service.

After acting on feedback from residents and their families and carers, Staffordshire County Council is pledging to help people lead as full and independent lives for as long as possible.

If approved the planes would include:

  • The current residential service in the Moorlands could be replaced by supported living, where users live independently but have support when they need it.
  • An external provider could be brought in to continue provide services at Horninglow Bungalows in Burton.
  • Day services for people with complex needs will be rebranded as ‘Specialist Day Opportunities,’ and have an increased future capacity

These changes will mean the services can continue to meet the assessed needs of current and future users, but will also be sustainable for the long-term.

County Councillor Alan White, cabinet member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said: “After consultation with users, staff and carers, it is clear our services for adults with a learning disability need to change to ensure that they are sustainable.

“We have developed a series of recommendations to modernise these services so that they can continue to meet people’s needs now and in the future.

“The way we support people in the future needs to be about ability, not disability, about focussing on what people can do and building on these strengths so that they can live full and independent lives for as long as possible.”

The options will be scrutinised at the Health Staffordshire Select Committee on September 16, before a final decision is made at the county council’s cabinet meeting two days later. Further recommendations on other parts of the service will go to the cabinet in October.