Residents across Tendring have been urged to make sure their voices are heard about joining up health and social care services for the frail and elderly.

 

Consultation has already started on the issue which affects many people in the District and the period ends on January 4.

 

Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Partnerships, said it is essential people make their views known.

 

“We are talking about the most vulnerable members of our community – frail, older people and those with long term health needs,” she said.

 “It is vital that people get involved in this consultation about the Better Care Fund so those making the decisions have as many opinions on the table as possible.”

 

Essex County Council began the consultation on November 17 to help improve and redesign services.

 

It is keen to hear from people who are currently using a wide range of health and social care services, so they can understand what their experience is and what could be better managed.

 

That information will then be used to make sure there are well-developed and managed services to deliver the range of options required to support carers and individuals in a cost effective way.

 

Taking part in an online survey at www.essexinsight.gov.uk/consultation and then click on the current consultations icon and chose the ‘Better Care Fund consultation on joining up health and social care services’ option.

 

You can also phone Healthwatch if you wish to complete this survey over the telephone or require it in an alternative format. Healthwatch can be contacted on 01376 572829 (between 10 am and 2 pm, Mondays-Fridays except public holidays).

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