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Poole LINk - report on local social care cuts

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Poole LINk - report on local social care cuts

Poole LINk (Local Involvement Network) is an independent voluntary group, working to improve health and social care services in Poole.

The Borough of Poole asked the LINk to carry out an independent research project, evaluating the impact of last years changes to social care. Local people who’ve been affected by the changes to social services took part in face-to-face interviews and people who’ve stopped going to day centres took part in a postal survey. The LINk worked with independent researchers, Poole Forum, PRO Disability and Rethink on this project.

Louise Bate, of Poole LINk, said: “Our research report suggests that people affected by these service changes could come back to the council with increased care needs, if they aren’t offered more support.

“Almost two thirds of survey respondents are now doing nothing on the days that they used to attend a day centre. There is a real risk of increasing isolation if people aren’t supported to find alternatives.

“The LINk report urges Borough of Poole to improve communication, support those people who need extra help and work with local partners to meet social care needs in Poole.”

Cllr Peter Adams, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Borough of Poole, said: “This important report will help us understand how people have been affected by changes to adult social care services in Poole.”

To read the LINk report, ‘Just Another Day Spent on My Own’ go to: http://www.makesachange.org.uk/cms/site/news/poole/new-report-just-another-day-spent-on-my-own.aspx

http://www.poolelink.org.uk
Tel: 0300 111 0102

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