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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 8th April, 2013

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Adult Services

 

The decision by 'Crossroads in the Vale' to transfer their day care service

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform Cabinet about the decision made by 'Crossroads in the Vale' to move its day care services from the Bryneithin site to Barry Island.

Recommendations

That Cabinet:

 

1.             Notes the decision made by 'Crossroads in the Vale to move its day care service.

2.             Refers the report to the Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee for information.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To ensure that Cabinet is aware of the plans that are in place to maintain appropriate day service provision for those users whose assessed needs are currently met by 'Crossroads in the Vale'.

2.             To ensure that the Scrutiny Committee is able to exercise appropriate oversight.

Background

2.             'Crossroads in the Vale' currently supports older people with dementia-related illnesses in the Vale of Glamorgan through the provision of day care at the Bryneithin site.  The service is run independently by this organisation; it assists both private and social services funded service users. 

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             'Crossroads in the Vale' has been using the Bryneithin site as the base for its day service for older people with dementia-related illnesses.  The Vale of Glamorgan Council very much values the care and support 'Crossroads in the Vale' makes available to residents from across the area. 

4.             'Crossroads in the Vale' has now found an alternative site at Breaksea Drive, Barry Island.  The facilities at the centre in Barry Island are more suitable for the current clients and for meeting the needs of the service in the longer-term.  Following some minor building alterations, the centre will be able to offer separate zones for those attending, allowing greater flexibility.  

5.             Staff from Crossroads and the Council are working together constructively to manage very sensitively the process of transferring the service.  A communication strategy has been developed.  Each service user and significant adult (i.e. the carer or relative, where the individual lacks the mental capacity to understand the change) has been informed about the decision to move.  When the transfer process is complete, relevant care coordinators will undertake individual reviews for users funded through the social services budget (as and when required) to ensure that services continue to meet their requirements.   

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.             'Crossroads in the Vale' has entered into a rental agreement with the Methodist Church for the Barry Island premises.  It was not paying rent for the use of Bryneithin and so this represents additional costs for the service.  The Social Services Directorate is able to provide assistance with this rental cost while still meeting its responsibilities for securing best value.  The Base Rent is £9,000 p.a. but for the first three years an annual supplement of £2,000 p.a. will be paid in light of the necessary works that were made on the building.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.             There are no sustainability and climate change implications as a result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.             There is a letter of understanding between the Council and 'Crossroads in the Vale', setting out the terms of the service to be provided.  There are no legal implications as a direct result of this report and its recommendations.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.             There are no crime and disorder implications as a result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.        It is possible that the decision by 'Crossroads in the Vale' to relocate the day service will have an impact on disabled people initially in that it will be provided from a different location.  The move will need to be managed very sensitively by 'Crossroads in the Vale' but it will produce improved services once achieved.  'Crossroads in the Vale' will continue to provide the service in the same way and so there should be no impact on service users in terms of their assessed needs.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.        This report contributes to the following corporate objective:

·               "working with partners to meet the diverse needs of our residents in ways that will safeguard and support those who are most vulnerable and in greatest need; help people to keep fit and healthy; and increase social cohesion and equality of opportunity for all."

Policy Framework and Budget

12.        This is a matter for executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.        The relevant ward Members have been asked to provide observations for inclusion in the report.  The ward Members for the new site support the change.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.        Social Care and Health.

Background Papers

None.

 

Contact Officer

Lance Carver, Head of Adult Services

 

Officers Consulted

Managing Director

Legal Services

 

Responsible Officer

Phil Evans, Director of Social Services

 

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