Councils in South Wales have taken stock of the impact of an independent living service which is used by health professionals and end-users to help people to stay at home for longer, as well as preventing hospital admissions or delays in discharge from hospital.
Cardiff Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Smart House was developed in 2015 at the Cardiff and Vale joint equipment service with funding from the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund.
The facility showcases state-of-the-art equipment, aids and adaptations that are available for people that need additional support to live independently.
Around 50 people a month, mostly older people or those with disabilities, visit the centre to view adaptations and equipment. It also provides an assessment environment for occupational therapists to trial new equipment that can improve an individual’s ability to perform basic tasks.
Welsh Government Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca Davies visited the Smart House recently to find out more about the partnership working and the impact of the Integrated Care Fund (ICF).
Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore, said: “Since opening in 2015, the Independent Living Centre has been extremely successful, in providing opportunities for health, housing and social care professionals to work together and combine their expertise to achieve a positive outcome for citizens, whether that be a safe and independent discharge from hospital, or facilitating an adaptation to an individual’s home to improve their independence.
“The service is a really excellent example of integrated working across the health, housing and social care sectors and we were delighted to welcome the Minister to show him how this innovative service is making a positive difference to people’s lives.”