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Brighton and Hove to stage care services summit
12:00pm Sunday 10th March 2013 in News
Brighton and Hove is to stage its first city summit on the care of its vulnerable adults.
The event in June is aimed at helping to shape how the city council and community and voluntary groups provide services to around 4,000 adults.
The idea is to improve and tailor care services to meet the needs of the rising number of vulnerable people.
The summit will coincide with an update on how adult social care services are performing and it will identify successes and outline plans for the future.
Care for adults in Brighton and Hove has changed, giving people who receive care more of a say on what is provided, how it is delivered and who by.
This includes home care, meals, equipment and adaptations to homes.
Officials say they are facing challenges with demand for adult care services due to rise.
The number of people aged 90 or over is set to rise by more than 40% over the next decade.
One in five of the city’s local areas are in the worst 20% of England for income deprivation affecting older people and it has around 3,000 older people living with dementia.
Brighton and Hove City Council has placed tackling inequality and supporting vulnerable adults to live healthy and independent lives as a priority.
Rob Jarrett, the chairman of the council’s adult, care and health committee, said: “We would urge older residents who receive care in the city, carers themselves and their families and friends to take part in the city summit event this summer.
“It’s vital that we hear about what’s working well and what’s not so that we can work with our voluntary and community sector partners to ensure that residents enjoy the care they want that enables them to live independently for as long as possible.”