Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is celebrating after winning a prestigious national award recognising some of the work it does to improve the lives of its older residents.
Last night (8 September) it was announced that the local authority had won “Best health and well-being initiative” in this year’s Association of Public Service Excellence Awards (APSE).
The award recognises an innovative early intervention project the Council developed with local health partners to help people who are over 65 live independently in their community for as long as possible.
Last October a new team of professionals was created with skills across health, social care and the voluntary sector. They all work together to coordinate each person’s care and support for up to six weeks and in doing so maximise their independence.
As part of this they work with the voluntary sector to help identify benefits that the person they are working with is entitled too. In the last year more than £500,000 of previously unclaimed benefits have been claimed.
Since the team was established they have worked with 771 people and only 22 of them went on to need long-term care.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, Councillor Jim Beall, said: “We know people want to live independently for as long as possible and that’s why we want to do all we can to help people stay safely at home.
“In a relatively short space of time we are seeing this service make a difference so I’m really pleased that the dedicated team who leads this piece of work has been recognised nationally.”
For further information about the Multi-Disciplinary Service visit www.stockton.gov.uk/mds
or call 01642 527081.