Care guide is packed with info

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

A NEW di­rec­tory has been set up to keep res­i­dents in­formed about lo­cal care ser­vices.

The coun­cil has pub­lished a care ser­vices di­rec­tory to pro­vide the most up-to-date in­for­ma­tion about care ser­vices in Mac­cles­field.

The free hand­book, which is pub­lished by Care Choices in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cheshire East Coun­cil, is packed with ar­ti­cles that ex­plain all avail­able care op­tions.

It in­cludes com­pre­hen­sive listings of care providers for res­i­den­tial care or care in your own home. There is also guid­ance on ac­cess­ing and pay­ing for care and what fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance is avail­able from the govern­ment.

The di­rec­tory helps read­ers to un­der­stand their op­tions, high­lights where to go for ad­vice and gives in­for­ma­tion on how the pay­ing for care sys­tem works.

Coun­cil­lor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for adult care and in­te­gra­tion, said: “This di­rec­tory is an in­valu­able and prac­ti­cal source of in­for­ma­tion that will help keep lo­cal peo­ple in­formed about lo­cal ser­vices. It will help them make in­formed choices about get­ting the right sup­port in the right place and at the right time for them­selves or a muchloved family mem­ber.

“The hand­book pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on all as­pects of ar­rang­ing care and sup­port in Cheshire East. It in­cludes in­for­ma­tion about the dif­fer­ent care and sup­port op­tions avail­able and what to look for when choos­ing a care provider – as well as how to stay in­de­pen­dent for as long as pos­si­ble.

“Find­ing the right care can ap­pear daunt­ing. But this ex­cel­lent di­rec­tory can help peo­ple ev­ery step of the way to de­cide what type of care and sup­port is best for them. There are com­pre­hen­sive listings of all reg­is­tered care ser­vices through­out Cheshire East, plus check­lists to help you ask the right ques­tions when vis­it­ing ser­vices.”

The guide sup­ple­ments the new Live Well Cheshire East online re­source di­rec­tory, which is be­ing launched later this month and in­cludes in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice for adult ser­vices, pub­lic health, com­mu­ni­ties and chil­dren’s ser­vices, in ad­di­tion to a search­able di­rec­tory of ser­vices and com­mu­nity sup­port.

For more go to livewell. cheshireeast.gov.uk.

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