Monday, 21 November 2016

Our magnificent Meals on Wheels

There has been a lot of media interest in the Meals on Wheels Service provided across the country over the last week.

This is not a statutory service and with all the budget pressures facing local authorities, some have chosen not to provide such a service. The National Association of Care Catering has been raising this issue, as well as promoting the benefits of a Meals on Wheels Service.

Here at West Sussex County Council we are great supporters of our Meals on Wheels Service, which we provide through our partner Apetito. It’s very much a service designed to help and support West Sussex residents and not just through the provision of a hot, nourishing meal.

Those who have read our West Sussex Life publication will know that we have a growing population of over 65’s  in our county, and we know that as people grow older they often need more help and support to stay in their homes. The provision of the Meals on Wheels Service certainly helps.

But our service isn’t just available for the elderly. It’s open to anyone in West Sussex. You can choose from a wide range of dishes and special dietary requirements are catered for. So for just £4.60 a hot, tasty two-course lunch can be delivered direct to the table and that also enables us to ensure that all is well with that person.

Sadly, for some people, this may be the only visitor that they receive in a day, so the wellbeing check is not only a comfort for them but reassurance as well.

If the service is cancelled by the resident we also are informed – this is important and means we can double check on the resident to ensure that they will have regular meals – something which is vital for older people.

I’m pleased to say that the demand continues to grow but I was surprised when someone asked me if we still provide Meals on Wheels in West Sussex – well yes we do. If you want more information please do contact  our service on 0808 115 5267 or visit the website.

Later this week I am due to go ‘Back to the Floor’ and spend time with a care worker who provides care to people in their own home. Last year I went back to the floor and spent some time working in a care home. This will be a new experience for me and I have to say I am really looking forward to it. Who knows, I may be blogging about it next week to let you know about my experience.

Best wishes,
Louise

Monday, 31 October 2016

Stay informed about life in West Sussex

Today saw the launch of the latest edition of West Sussex Life 2017-2019. I have to admit to being a great fan of the West Sussex Life document as it provides a wealth of important data which gives us a greater understanding of our communities and helps to shape our plans and policies.

We live in an age where there is greater access to more information and data than we have ever had before. What is important for me is how we use this information to gain a greater insight into life for our communities in West Sussex and what it will be like for our county in the future based on current trends and predictions.

Our West Sussex County Council Insight and Intelligence Team have been working hard to create this snapshot of West Sussex. It covers everything from the health of our population to the economic growth of our county, educational attainment among our young residents, how our use of technology has changed and also looks at issues like the levels of deprivation and poverty faced by some of our towns and villages.

We officially launched the publication on Monday - you can view it on the website now and there will be copies in our libraries by the end of November for you to see.

As I mentioned at the start of the blog, we use West Sussex Life to help shape the council services that we deliver for our residents. It ensures we are focussing our efforts, staff and investments on the understanding of the areas where we can help our residents and have the biggest impact.

I’m pleased to say it’s also a vital resource for our businesses, communities and Town and Parish Councils who are all also working hard to improve the areas where they live and work. We know it is particularly appreciated by these groups as we regularly receive really good feedback about useful they found it.

So could I encourage you to take a look and explore what West Sussex has to offer? I do hope you will find this edition of West Sussex Life 2017-19 really helpful and informative.

Please let us know what you think. Did you find it useful and how did you use the information? We value your feedback as well as ideas and suggestions for improvements in future editions.

Don’t forget you can contact the Insight and Intelligence Team at the County Council by emailing insight.team@westsussex.gov.uk to provide feedback and suggestions.

Best wishes,
Louise