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Housing association launches new community service to help older people plan their futures.

Tue 20 October 2015

Older people needing help to live independently at home can now call on experts from Colne to help them plan their futures.

Colne has secured a three year £65,000 contract to deliver My Plan - a free short-term advice service to help over 65s in Clacton and Colchester live happily and healthily at home for as long as possible.

It is the first time in Essex that a housing association has spearheaded a community service of this kind in the health and social care sector. It is aimed at all older residents that fit the criteria not just those living in social housing.

The My Plan team is made up of experts from Colne who can:

  • Navigate older people and their families through the maze of information about their options
  • Signpost to relevant agencies and organisations
  • Working with older people to create a “my plan” tailored to their future

People can self-refer by calling or emailing or can ask a relative or health and social care professional to get in touch for them.

My Plan advisor Carole Butterfield said: “If you or someone you know needs help to live independently at home please contact us before the problem escalates. We are experts and can empower older people to get the support they want when they want it, without taking the choices and decisions out of their hands.”

She added:

“Social housing providers are increasingly becoming involved in the debate around who could be providing health and social care. Colne is a forward-thinking organisation; this new service is an innovative development for us and represents our first steps into integrated health and social care provision.”

My Plan is funded by the Independence, Choice and Control Fund (ICCF) on behalf of Essex County Council and the five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Essex.

To refer call 01206 244769 or email myplan@colnehousing.co.uk
For more information visit www.colnehousing.co.uk/myplan

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Housing association launches new community service to help older people plan their futures.