The challenges in providing some of the borough's must vulnerable residents with home care are being examined by a new overview and scrutiny task group.
A members' task group, set up by the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, is now looking at the development of options for commissioning home care and reablement services, which support around 1,800 people in Brent to live independently in their own homes rather than having to move into residential care.
Provision of home care is facing significant challenges as the number of people aged 65 and over, who are the main recipients of the service, living in Brent rises and is expected to increase by 26 per cent to around 41,500 people by 2020. The local authority is also facing decreasing resources to provide home care to vulnerable residents.
There is also greater complexity in the type of care and support that many people now need.
Task group chair Cllr Ketan Sheth, who is also chair of the committee, said:
"Home care is one of the toughest challenges the council is facing. The number of people who are receiving the service is rising every year, but the resources the council has are declining so that means new thinking is required about how it can be provided in the future so this members' task group is very timely.
"We'll be having a wide-ranging look to better understand how we can make this a sustainable service and engaging with service users, providers and other stakeholders to better understand the issues. I also want to make sure that our residents and their families and carers are able to receive the best possible care and support which can be provided."
Home care is practical domiciliary support, including help to get out of bed and dressed in the morning, assistance in preparing meals and taking medication.
This care enables people to live safely and autonomously in their own homes, which maintains their contact with wider social networks in their community.
A final report will be presented to the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee in February with recommendations for the local authority's Cabinet.
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