Three companies have won contracts to provide homecare services on Anglesey.
Anglesey Council say the firms will starting providing localised services within the next few weeks as part of a six-month transition period.
Carelink will provide homecare in the North of the island, Abacare will oversee services in the South West while the Plas Garnedd consortium – consisting of Plas Garnedd Crossroads and Gofal Seibiant – will offer services in the South East.
The new local contracts were put out to tender in March. The council says there’ll be no changes to current care packages before the services are fully implemented by the end of the year.
Council leader Llinos Medi said: ”I’m aware that a period of change may worry some of service users who receive a homecare package from us. However, I would emphasise that our aim through implementing this change is to strengthen the home care provision on Anglesey.”
She added: ”During the past two years, Adult Services have been working hard to transform the homecare services and implement its vision of a more community focussed homecare service that provides more accessible care, is consistent and encourages our service users to become more independent individuals with their community.”
”These new contracts will have more of a community-based focus, and will enable our service users to engage more with their providers on their personal care package.”
The new contracts, awarded in partnership with the Betsi Cadwaladr health board, also take in continuing health care services and care for those living in extra care housing, such as the £10.3 million Hafan Cefni apartments in Llangefni, set to open this summer.
Alwyn Rhys Jones, the head of adult services at Anglesey Concil, said they wanted the three firms to start work early and ensure a smooth transition: ”We were eager to move away from the traditional and prescribed model of homecare, to a more bespoke ppackage, which allows individuals to identify and specify what matters to them. This, we believe, will create a unique home care packages for service users and enable them to achieve their own personal goals.”
”The successful applicants were strong and showed a clear understanding of what our expectations are. We assessed both quality and efficiency elements and placed a stronger emphasis on the quality of tenders, ensuring a high standard care within the three areas.”