TOPSS grant to expand homecare role

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Topss England has provided Leeds Social Services Department with a £600,000 grant to develop a service aimed at supporting older people returning home after a spell in hospital. It is the largest grant the organisation has given to any local authority this year. Carers employed by the new service will be known as “community support assistants” and will combine the roles of auxiliary nurses and homecare workers. Councillor Sherry Bradley, executive board member for social care, described the initiative as a “highly imaginative, yet wholly practical scheme to help people return successfully to the comfort and dignity of their own surroundings”. “Leeds is becoming well-known for innovation in the care of older people and I am looking forward to seeing this scheme up and running as soon as possible,” Cllr Bradley said. The community support assistants will be recruited and given special training in bringing a rehabilitative approach to daily living support. Emphasis will be on working with the service users and

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