Praise for Sedgefield’s Carelink scheme
Sedgefield Borough Council1s Carelink scheme, which links thousands of elderly residents in sheltered housing to a central control, has received a code of practice compliance certificate from the Association of Social Alarm Providers (ASAP). The council is the first organisation in the North of England and only the 16th in the country, to receive the certificate. Executive director of ASAP John Hennick said his association had been recognised by the Government and other statutory bodies to represent the interests of alarm providers. He singled out the Sedgefield Home Assessment and Rehabilitation Partnership, which allows people to stay at home rather than in hospital or nursing home. “Not only was Sedgefield successful in the audit, but it is the first member organisation in the North of England to have achieved this particular accreditation,” Mr Hennick said. “That takes a lot of political vision to see the future as a service provider in that context, and it also takes leadership and commitment from staff.