What is Adult Social Care?
At some point in our lives most of us, if not all of us, will need help with everyday living because of an illness or a disability, because we are getting older, or because we are caring for someone.
What does adult social care do?
Adult social care services support people aged 18 years or over who are vulnerable, older, frail, ill or at risk and are in need of some care or support.
Adult social care is responsible for the following activities:
assessment of your needs
planning your care and support
arranging services where appropriate
providing community care support where this is appropriate
offering support, equipment and adaptations to enable you to safely live at home
offering information about care and support services, along with allied supportive services available in the local community and throughout Dudley Borough
We can help:
older people (aged 65 or over)
adults with learning disabilities
adults with autism
adults with complex needs
adults with mental health conditions
adults with physical disabilities
adults who are having difficulty with their hearing or sight
adults who provide unpaid care for relatives or friends
In addition, Dudley Council has recently launched a ground breaking new all age or whole life disability service. Dudley Disability Service supports children, young people and adults with special educational needs, learning or physical disabilities or autism to live independent and fulfilling lives. This new all age approach ensures a seamless service, from birth to death via a one-stop shop. This innovative tactic may well be adopted for more services as we move forward.
Overall, our aim for adult social care continues to focus on reducing the demand for long-term care and support, which is where the majority of social care money is spent. We are committed to ensuring that through stronger safer communities and effective preventative support that more people are equipped and supported to live independently, successfully in their own homes for as long as possible.
Some interesting facts about Dudley Borough
Population – 319,400
Dudley is the fourth biggest local authority in the West Midands region based on population.
20.3% of adults
in Dudley Borough have a long term health condition, or disability. This increases to 55.4 % of people aged over 65
38,000 unpaid carers
live in Dudley Borough, caring for a family member or friend. 9,500 of these provide care and support for more than fifty hours each week
There are 1,354 people
aged over 65 with a learning disability in Dudley Borough. This is expected to rise to 1,619 by 2030