Ensuring a long-term, sustainable future for adult social care is vital for current and future generations for years to come.
West Sussex County Council would like to hear from residents about what a good life looks like for them and what they consider is important to achieve a fulfilling life. The Covid-19 pandemic in particular has caused many of us to reassess what is important to us and how we want to live our lives.
You can share your views by completing our survey at www.westsussex.gov.uk/yourlife. Your responses will help us develop adult social care services to best meet the needs and expectations of those we support, now and in the future.
We are particularly keen to hear from older people, people with autism, learning disabilities, sensory impairment, physical disabilities, mental health conditions, memory and cognition conditions including dementia, and particularly family and friend carers. We want to know what is important to people from all our communities and how we can support them to lead fulfilling lives.
We would also like to hear from organisations who support those with care needs about what they consider we need to continue doing and what we need to do differently.
Keith Hinkley, Executive Director of Adults and Health, said: “Now is a good time to take stock and see what we can do to make sure our adult social care service is designed to cope with future demand.
“We want to have an honest conversation about what people feel is important to them and how we can support our communities to find sustainable solutions so that residents can lead a good life.
“Please take our survey and share it with others so that we can hear from as many people as possible.”
To help us develop our service to meet the changing needs of our communities in West Sussex, we want feedback from everyone who uses our services, their families, care providers, family and friend carers and those who may require social care support in the future.
Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, Amanda Jupp, said: “I do hope that everyone will use this opportunity to engage directly with residents and our partners about the future of adult social care, as we want to put people and communities at the heart of everything we do.
“Quality of life is important for everyone and therefore it is vital that we involve people of different ages, experiences and backgrounds. What we learn from this engagement will help us develop our services to support people to live more healthily, happily and in ways that work best for them.”
Iyadh Daoud, Chair of the Minorities Health and Social Care Group and member of our Customer and Carer Group, is also keen to encourage people to get involved.
He added: “I would urge anyone who has experience of using adult social care services, or who may need them in the future, to give their views when asked.
“The customer and carer voice is vital to ensure that future services are developed to support the particular needs of residents of our diverse communities.”
Please help us shape the future of adult social care by taking our survey at www.westsussex.gov.uk/yourlife and sharing your views on what is important to you.
Take part before the closing date of 8 November to share your views.
Plans are also being developed to host workshops with organisations and community groups who play an active role in the lives of many vulnerable and older residents, so that their valuable input can be captured.
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