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Opportunity to find out more about social care support

Friday, 11 November, 2016
Opportunity to find out more about social care support

People living with long-term conditions or a disability in the Rothbury area are being given the opportunity to find out more about options for getting support to stay independent in their own homes.

Following feedback at the public engagement sessions in Rothbury last month, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding an event in the village on Monday 14 November from 2pm to 4pm.

The event at Rothbury Community Hospital will begin with a half-hour presentation about the help available for people who may have difficulties maintaining their health and independence, followed by a drop-in event for people to ask questions.

Social care support for adults in Northumberland is delivered by Northumbria Healthcare in a unique partnership with Northumberland County Council. For more than a decade, the integrated approach means patients benefit from more seamless health and social care from hospital to home.

Services include short-term support for people who need help to recover their ability to live independently after a serious accident or illness, and longer-term support for people who need it. 

Information will be available on initiatives which enable people who need adult social care support to manage their own budget and choose how their care is delivered, as well as advice about solutions to common problems that people have.

John Young, head of the care management service at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “At the listening event in Rothbury recently, we had a few people who were providing care to neighbours and relatives however were not aware of the support available through our various initiatives.

“We’ve arranged this session in Rothbury as a direct result of this feedback. We would encourage people to come along to find out more about the help and support available to help people take control over how their care is managed and arranged, to fit in with their own lives and individual needs and that of their families.

“We also fully appreciate that people may find it difficult to complete forms and we will be giving advice on this too.”

For more information about the help and support available, visit the adult social care section of Northumbria Healthcare’s website If you are not able to attend the session and would like general advice, please ring the trust’s social care single point of access on 01670 536400.