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  • 1. Doing It Differently For Older People All Change Event 9 th December Helen Allen Operations Manager
  • 2. What is Community Catalysts?
    • A Community Interest Company established by and working in close partnership with the charity Shared Lives Plus.
    • Aims to make sure that people wherever they live have real choice of great local social care and health services
    • Works to harness the talents of people and communities to provide high quality small scale and local support services.  
  • 3. Main Focus
    • Shared Lives
    • Homeshare
    • Micro Enterprise
    • Look at how these services can deliver cost effective services for older people that deliver great outcomes
  • 4. What is Shared Lives?
    • Shared Lives is a way of providing accommodation support and services for people who need some support to live their life
    • Local people are recruited, trained and approved to deliver a range of services.
    • Whatever the service, sharing family life is part of the deal
  • 5. What are the characteristics of a Shared Lives arrangement?
    • Shared Lives arrangements are based on relationships which are important to everyone involved. Shared Lives Carers say that they get as much as they give.
    • Shared Lives Carers help people to connect into their local community. They use their own friendship, family and community networks to benefit the people that they support.  
    • Shared Lives arrangements are very individual and always ‘co-produced’.
  • 6. Elaine and Bob
    • Elaine was widowed, children had left home, retired from her job
    • Elaine felt she had no experience to care for people - attended training, fulfilled approval process for short term
    • Gained confidence- provided long term accommodation for Bob who had lived in institutions/ with family
    • Both gained from the arrangement- met new friends
    • Have now lived together for 15 years- Bob has developed dementia
    • Appropriate support is in place to sustain the arrangement- Elaine’s family see Bob as a family member and provide help and support
  • 7. Susan and George
    • Provide short term stays for people who have had elective surgery and are leaving hospital
    • Downstairs bedroom has been adapted with appropriate equipment
    • Fully trained to care and support people with physical care needs
    • The home provides a base for relevant professionals e.g. physiotherapist/occupational therapist
    • Family members welcome to visit loved one
    • Good outcomes- cost AND quality
  • 8. Micro providers
    • Are local people providing support and services to other local people
    • Work on a very small scale (5 or fewer workers – paid or unpaid)
    • Are independent of any larger organisation
  • 9. What types of services do they provide?
    • People buy support and services to help them to live their lives - many micro enterprises deliver services that fall outside health and social care such as:
      • Supported tenancies
      • Well being and health
      • Leisure and arts
      • Holidays and short breaks
      • Friendship or good neighbour
      • Drop in centres and lunch clubs
      • Advice and representation
      • Transport
  • 10. How do the providers work?
    • A range of business models: sole trader, partnership, small business, social enterprise, charity or voluntary organisation
    • Deliver on a continuum from fully voluntary at one end to fully commercial at the other.
    • May employ a small number of staff. Most directly deliver support themselves.
    • Full time or occasional - fitting in with other employment, personal, caring responsibilities or study.
    • Established or new and emerging
    • May not fit within the regulatory framework
  • 11. What do micro providers offer people who need support and services?
    • Personal and tailored
    • Co-produced
    • Flexible and responsive to change
    • Choice of services that help people to live their lives and meet health and support needs
    • Help people to link to their community and build social capital
    • Help people to make their money go further
  • 12. The micro enterprise support agency model
    • Developed and tested with funding from DH
    • Scopes, identifies and engages with current micro providers. Can help them to regenerate or remodel
    • Provides a single contact point for local people with good ideas who want to set up services
    • Links customers and potential providers
    • Makes best use of existing advice and support agencies by sign posting and information
    • Gives people help to overcome barriers
    • Facilitates peer-to-peer mentoring through association membership
  • 13. Companions
    • Founded by Sue and her colleague who worked for the Council as home care staff
    • Disliked 20 minute pop ins/ restrictions to care plan
    • Set up their own service that is not registered with CQC
    • No framework agreements with the Council
    • Support older people in their home who are self financing/have a personal budget
    • Deliver what the customer and family require (except personal care).
    • Shopping (with or for the person), emergency call out service, any support within the home and the community
  • 14.
    • Aimed at the over 50s in the Walsall area.
    • Hold a variety show every week
    • Bring in professional performers every fortnight.
    • Have a number of theatre trips throughout the year.
    • Hold a breakfast and lunch club
    • Provide a meals at home service.
    • Run by 2 paid staff and a number of older volunteers
    Community Care Entertainments
  • 15. Any Questions?
    • [email_address]
    • www.communitycatalysts.co.uk
    • @CommCats