Tag Archives: Adult Social Care

If not now, then when? Crisis must bring change, says Council Leader

The Leader of Somerset County Council is urging action to secure the future of social care in the wake of COVID-19. Councillor David Fothergill has written to the Secretary of State saying that social care nationwide is at a ‘watershed’, with Coronavirus exposing its fragile state after decades of funding that has failed to match […]

Care homes stay connected during COVID lockdown

Care homes across Somerset have been praised for the way they are using technology to keep loved ones connected during the COVD19 crisis. Somerset County Council has thanked them for embracing IT to help residents and relatives stay in touch while visits to the county’s care and nursing homes are suspended. Homes across the county […]

Extra support for people who have experienced mental health crisis

People in Somerset who have experienced a mental health crisis are now getting additional support when they are medically fit to leave hospital. Two new “step-down” houses have opened their doors to provide a safe place for people who are ready to leave a mental health ward but would benefit from that extra support before […]

Top marks for ingenuity as Somerset schools rise to PPE challenge

Schools may be closed to most pupils during the Coronavirus pandemic – but they are using their skills and resources to help in the battle to protect frontline carers. The Castle School in Taunton has started making protective visors, using laser cutters, and is working with Somerset County Council and Somerset Care to make sure […]

Look after your neighbour and your community as COVID-19 cases increase

There has been an outpouring of public support and care for each other across Somerset communities as COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to increase across the UK. Somerset County Council is delighted to see so many rally around and offer their support to those in communities self-isolating, the elderly or those in identified ‘at risk’ groups such […]

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Brain in Hand

A digital helping hand is about to be trialled in Somerset to provide tailored support for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities. The County Council is working with Brain in Hand, a personalised app that links the user with their carers and support teams. It provides people with their own specific ways to […]

Council backs Salvation Army social care report

Somerset County Council is welcoming a new report from the Salvation Army highlighting the urgent need to reform social care. The study – Care in Places – shows that there is significantly less money to care for older people who live in rural areas of England, such as Somerset. The Salvation Army is asking the […]

County welcomes fresh thinking on social care funding

Somerset County Council has welcomed comments from MPs discussing potential changes to the funding of social care. Although not supporting any specific approaches at this this stage, the authority is warmly welcoming fresh thinking on the subject at a time when the cost of care is contributing to big budget pressures. Demand for social care […]

New ‘drop-in’ opens in Taunton

A new care and support ‘Community Connect’ drop-in opens in Taunton next week. The drop-in will take place at ASDA in Taunton (TA1 2AN) every fortnight on a Tuesday between 9.30am to 12 noon – starting on Tuesday 6 June. At the drop-in people can find information and advice on adult care and support options, […]

New Talking Cafe opens in Minehead

A new care and support Community Connect Talking Cafe opens in Minehead next week. The Talking Cafe will take place at The Beach Hotel in Minehead (TA24 5AP) every Monday (excluding bank holidays) from 10am to 1pm – starting on Monday 10 April. Entrance is via The Beach Café conservatory next to the Tourist Information. […]