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Local Account - Help for people with disabilities

The following information has been taken from the Local Account of Adult Social Services in Blackburn with Darwen.  The Local Account gives an overview of the range of social care services we have offered to local people during 2014/15, as well as our plans for 2015/16. To view the full Local Account document click here

We provide a range of practical support to help people with physical disabilities live independent lives, including equipment, housing adaptations, and occupational therapy support. 

Working with people with disabilities, we help them access the kind of support they need. Some people find daytime activities really useful and these also help to support their carers by providing a break from their caring duties.  Daytime activities are run by the Council or by local community and voluntary organisations, and provide a wide programme of activities.  Activities can range from cookery, music and using computers to local theatre visits, use of local allotments and sports activities.  

The Stansfeld Centre is a day centre which provides support for adults with a learning disability and physical disabilities, and older people.

Spotlight on: The Stansfeld Centre

Since the major investment into the building work at the Stansfeld Centre, the purchase of a kiln has created new opportunities for community networking. With the support of Community Artist, Alistair Nicholson, service users have been able to experiment and get creative with pottery. The centre is planning to invite members of the community and other services to access this facility.

The former garage at the centre has been transformed into a multi- sensory room for adults with more profound disabilities.  The room provides a calming environment that incorporates an interactive floor projection system, infinity lamps, colour column, bubble lamps and an array of fibre optics.

Achievements 2014/2015  

  • A successful Learning Disability Review Day was held in June 2015.  People with a learning disability and their carers had their say on planning and delivering services.  People with a learning disability also helped to plan and deliver the event.  A video and report from the day is available here.
  • Funding has been secured to develop the re:fresh health and wellbeing website to make it more accessible for people with a learning disability.
  • The Inclusion sub-group of the Learning Disability Partnership Board has worked with the Council's CONNECT team to establish a new Vulnerable Adult Card for use on public transport.
  • We have increased the installations of complex telecare equipment from 2.3 per week in October 2014 to achieve a target of 11 installations per week a year later.

Challenges   

  • Availability of suitable transport for people with disabilities continues to be a challenge.  

Priorities 2015/2016 and beyond  

  • Respond to and address the issues raised at the Learning Disability Partnership Board review day, including housing, transport, activities and inclusion.
  • Provide training and information to support people to get involved at Learning Disability Partnership Board meetings and the Regional Conference.
  • To further increase levels of use of complex telecare equipment, such as falls detectors and epilepsy sensors.

In focus: Sensory Impairment Support - Mr B

'Mr B' has severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and needs 8-10 litres of oxygen daily to keep him alive. He recently lost his wife.  He has always had trouble hearing, but is now almost deaf. A request came from his daughter for an urgent Sensory Impairment assessment as Mr B was cooking and his smoke alarm went off and he didn't hear it. He also couldn't hear the doorbell when the Fire Brigade came.

During a visit from Adult Services it emerged that in the recent past there have been a number of power cuts in Mr B's area. These power cuts turn his oxygen concentrators off with only a beep warning.  Previously his wife would hear them beep and, given enough warning, Mr B is able to link himself up to a spare oxygen tank. As Mrs B has passed away Mr B cannot tell if his oxygen has gone off putting him at risk.

The Sensory Impairment team researched a solution to Mr B's problem.  The team fitted a Bellman system with smoke detector and microphone pickup from a Bellman Baby Alert linked to the concentrators.  

A couple of weeks ago Mr B's daughter rang the Independent Living Service to thank us as the system had worked following another power cut.  Mr B was alerted to the power cut and was able to manage his oxygen.

The Local Account gives an overview of Adult Social Services.

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