National health and social care charity Community Integrated Care has announced a major investment over the next five years into growing and enhancing its portfolio of specialist support services for older people.
It will include an investment of at least £17 million to develop specialist dementia care services, which will apply its pioneering EachStep model of support.
EachStep is a unique concept for dementia care in the UK, in which the charity offers a complete range of specialist dementia care from one cutting-edge service to assisting people from diagnosis until the end of their lives. By applying this joined-up approach to care, people supported by EachStep are given a service that can quickly respond to their changing needs, affording them support that is stable, consistent and individually-focussed.
Community Integrated Care aims to become the UK’s leading health and social care charity. The charity will enhance its workforce, delivering the highest standards of care to the people it supports and growing by 30 per cent.
The announcement is made one year on from the launch of the first EachStep service – EachStep Blackley – a ground-breaking service in Manchester, which delivers specialist home care in the community, as well as day care, respite support and residential and nursing care, from one building.
EachStep Blackley has been acclaimed nationally and internationally for its pioneering and unique approach. It received praise from Professor Alistair Burns, the UK’s Dementia Tsar, as being “One of the most innovative care services I have seen”. It was recognised at the UK Dementia Awards and Social Impact Awards and has been visited by international delegations seeking out best-practice in UK care.
The investment will see Community Integrated Care build four new EachStep services over the next five years. It will be making an announcement about its next EachStep development, which is set to be built in east Cheshire for 2014, in the coming months.
The charity is also exploring partnership opportunities with local authorities, commissioning groups, and housing and construction providers, with the aim of collaborating on developing additional EachStep services.
Beyond creating a number of new specialist EachStep services, the charity has also committed to making a significant investment into its existing portfolio of care homes for older people, based across England and Scotland. This will include a multi-million pound programme of refurbishments to enhance many of its care home environments, as well as a considerable investment in enhanced staff training and development.