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Health, Social Care and Early years provisions.

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Health, Social Care and Early years provisions - Unit 5 We have been asked to produce a case study on one local health, social care or early year's organisation that it part of a national framework. The study should show your understanding of how services have developed and care structured and must include: * The purpose and functions of the organisation, including the impact of demographic characteristics. * Reference to the purpose and functions of the national framework * How clients and informal carers gain access to the service of the organisation and the barriers they may encounter * How the organisation is funded nationally and locally * Recent changes in legislation, reforms or policies that have affected the organisation. Introduction into Foulgers House. Foulgers house is a residential home for the elderly located on Ber Street, Norwich approximately ten minutes walking distance from the city. The accommodation in which it offers its potential residents is situated on one level, looking out onto some fine views of the city. The aim of Foulger's house is to provide a standard of individual care for the residents. THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF SOCIAL SERVICES AT THE NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL When Parliament passes laws which requires certain services to be provided they are called statutory services. The majority of health services come under this heading, and the too main providers of the statutory services are that of the National Health Service and the Social Services departments. These services are generally organised the same across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Social services at a National level The National Social services set out new plans in 1998, which incorporated developing a new General Social Care council. This council would raise the standards of social care staff and make sure that the training levels are enhanced. At National Level the secretary of State for Health is accountable for the provision of social care services although it is the local authorities that oversee them, although at a local level the director of the Social Services at county hall will be responsible. ...read more.

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By making sure that all buses are other forms of transport have wheelchair access like ramps and lifts which facilitate for the disabled to take part in these activities. * There are many barriers physical barriers which may occur within the home which may prevent elderly people from entering a home and using these services. Residential homes often have doors which can not be wide enough for a wheelchair to fit through, so it is indispensable for these to be changed to ones that a wheelchair can easily fit through. This would also include in washing areas, and the doors will need to be fitted so that the doors open outwards. Any residential home will need to make sure that they either have all their bedrooms and any other rooms which residents go in, to be on the first floor. Elderly people will find it incredibly hard to go up and down stairs, so there should be lifts for them to access any second floor rooms, however it would be simpler to have all the rooms on the first floor. The furniture within the residential rooms needs to be lower than usual beds, so it is easier for the residents to get in and out of them. Hand bars will need to be put next to beds so residents can use these to assist them getting in and out of bed. Because a fair few of the residents in a residential home will be in a wheelchair, it is essential that the flooring can accommodate wheelchair, so it needs to be vinyl flooring throughout the home, so disabled people will be able to access everything without much complexity. Because residents may be open to falling over within the home, it is essential that there is no radiators in places where this could happen. If a resident is known to fall over or collapse at times they will need to go into a home where they would not have to worry about falling over and hitting the radiator and potentially injuring themselves fatally. ...read more.

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I feel that on one hand the government are making residential homes such as Foulgers house improve the standard of care, and the home etc, but they are not providing any financial help to allow them to be able to do this. In the long run it means that if a residential home cannot afford to make changes they will get shut down. Then you will have twenty odd or more residents with no home, therefore they will either have to go into hospital to wait for a residential bed, or will have to move into another home. This will not only be very expensive but it will also block up the access to the residential homes etc. therefore I believe that I would be more appropriate if the government could allow more money to be put into the improvement in residential care. Foulgers house has been affected in this way too, they are unable to provide the changes and are now shutting down, luckily they are now going into a partnership with another residential home and setting up a new place under the housing with care scheme. Foulger's house has been forced to enter the new 'Lakenfield housing with care'. This is because of them not being able to meet the demands of bigger rooms within Foulger's house. The director of social services had not choice but to let Foulger's house close down because they could not make the improvements as there was simply not the budget for this. Because there are many homes like Foulger's house having to be closed down, the idea of the new care scheme had to be set up and developed. The affect it has had on the health care, as a whole is that it is very much going back to how it was 60 years ago, with the idea of 'housing with care'. This would have cost a lot more than simply making the changes by the government. Leanne Knott 12RMO 1 UNIT 5 --Health , Social Care and Early Years Services ...read more.

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