Plac­ing adults in care homes cost the coun­cil £52m

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A RE­VIEW into adult so­cial care in Bucks has been pub­lished and showed that the big­gest cost in­volved plac­ing peo­ple in care homes.

Al­most 9,000 adults were helped with care and sup­port from adult so­cial care last year in Bucks, which in­cludes 6,193 peo­ple over the age of 65.

The re­view, pub­lished by Bucks County Coun­cil, shows that, for 2014/15, the big­gest cost to the coun­cil in car­ing for adults was plac­ing peo­ple in care homes at £52.8m, with the next largest spend on look­ing af­ter peo­ple in their own home, cost­ing £44m.

Mike Ap­p­le­yard, cab­i­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing, said: “Not many of our res­i­dents know of the ex­tent of our care and sup­port ser­vices, how many peo­ple we help and what it costs.

“The lo­cal ac­count gives ev­ery­one the abil­ity to learn more about what we do.”

As well as in­for­ma­tion on the key per­for­mance ar­eas of adult so­cial care, this year’s re­view has a fo­cus on life sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences from peo­ple who work with the coun­cil as vol­un­teers or part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions.

In the re­view, Ian Cor­mack says that as a full-time carer for his wife who has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, he would be­come ex­hausted and bad tem­pered if it was not for the help he re­ceives from adult so­cial care and his in­volve­ment with Car­ers Bucks, the or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides help and sup­port to car­ers on the coun­cil’s be­half.

The full re­port, en­ti­tled A Win­dow on Care and Sup­port in Buck­ing­hamshire, is avail­able at www.buckscc. gov.uk/lo­cal-ac­count.

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De­liv­ered in as­so­ci­a­tion with head­line spon­sors Char­tridge Venues, the event on Sun­day, May 8 will again be hosted by – and raise money for – Char­tridge Pri­mary School.

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