Lincolnshire County Council has agreed new contracts to deliver home care and community supported living services within the county.
Following a procurement exercise, required by law, the council has agreed 12 prime providers for adult home care, each covering a geographical zone of Lincolnshire. Previously the council had contracted directly with over 70 businesses just for home care services.
There are currently around 75 children with disabilities receiving home care. The exercise has also agreed a contract for two providers to deliver home care for children with disabilities.
Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive member for Adult Care, said: “We’re writing to everyone who currently has care in their own home to explain if there is any change to their provider. I want to reassure people that even if there is a change of provider or carer, the type of care they receive will not change.
“The new contracts will begin on 26 September. Between now and then we will be working closely with all providers, both in the new and old contracts, to make that the transition period is as smooth as possible for people and there is minimum disruption to their care.”
Pete Sidgwick, chief commissioning officer said: “We’ve remodelled home care in this way to make sure that people continue to get the care and support services they need at a price that is fair to the providers. This new model for home care will allow providers to deliver a more reactive service for people and support the market to meet rising demand.
“The new contracts allow the 12 prime providers to sub-contract to other providers where it is appropriate and convenient for them. This has been built into the contract to offer our providers some flexibility and help them to deliver the best service they can for the people they care for.”
As part of the process, the council also approved a framework of providers for adults with learning disabilities. This is an approved provider list which includes previous providers, so care for people with learning disabilities should not be affected.
If you have questions about how your own care provider is affected, you can call to speak to a member for the Adult Care team on 01522 554714.