Planned improvements for adult care in Suffolk

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ADULTS needing care services in Suffolk will soon begin seeing changes designed to keep them healthier, happier and in their own homes for longer.

Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet has approved plans which will see a shift towards providing services and information which prevent people from needing more expensive and life changing care.

The new approach is to be piloted in Felixstowe from April, and should be rolled out across the rest of the county within a year.

The new way of delivering care and support services involves more emphasis on enabling people to live healthy lives so they can remain independent for as long as possible.

It is estimated the move will save the county council £3.7million a year by 2013/14.

Colin Noble, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder responsible for adult care, said: “We have achieved significant change in the delivery of adult and community services over the last five years but further change is needed if we are to ensure a personalised approach for everyone.

“By changing our approach to intervene earlier we will reduce the number of severe cases and requirements for long term care - helping people to be independent for longer.”