Winter Pressures – Capacity Incentive Payments 2019-20

At Norfolk County Council we understand the challenges of operating as a care provider or working as a carer during busy periods.  In response to this, one of the things we have put in place is an incentive payment which is payable when you pick up a care package.

We will have designated periods this Winter 2019-20 where Capacity Incentive Payments (CIPs) will be offered for promptly commencing new and restarted packages of care for people discharged or transferred from specific care settings.

The first period covers Friday 20th December 2019 to Sunday 23rd February 2020.  During this period, CIPs can be made for:

  • people being discharged from acute and community hospitals
  • transfers of care from short-term block beds, bed-based reablement, NFS, NEAT and out of hospital services

For further information and support on the Home Support Capacity Incentive Payment and delivering a resilient service at this time of year please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/winterpreparedness

 

 

If someone you know is lonely

If you're feeling lonely

If you think someone you support may be lonely, it can be hard to know what to do, particularly if they don’t speak to you about it.

Coping with loneliness – advice for the person you know

Independent Age has an advice guide If you’re feeling lonely which has ideas on how to deal with loneliness and where to look for help. Download it from their website or order your free copy by calling 0800 319 6789.

Winter Planning 2019/2020 – Being ready for winter

All of us living in Norfolk are approaching the coldest months of the year so it is important for us all to be prepared, aim to prevent and protect ourselves and those whom we support from any avoidable ill-effects of winter.  To help Home Support providers in doing this the following list of resources and guidance may be of help.

Carers emergency card – Norfolk county council

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/start-with-social-care/urgent-help/carers-emergency-card

Emergencies

ICE – In case of emergency (for mobile phones)

https://incaseofemergency.org/

UK Power networks

Priority treatment for vulnerable residents for electricity in an emergency

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/projects/support-for-vulnerable-residents-during-a-powercut/

 Cadent gas – Could you get extra support in a gas emergency?

The Priority Services Register (PSR) is free to join. It helps energy companies look after customers who have extra communication, access or safety needs.

https://cadentgas.com/Emergencies-safety/Safeguarding/PSR-registering-myself

Lions message in a bottle regarding someone’s medication.

LIONS MIAB (003) October 2019

 

 

 

Independent Age – Winter wise guide

Winter can bring extra challenges. Dark evenings and icy pavements can make it harder to get out, while cold weather can make us vulnerable to illness. Higher fuel bills can be worrying too.

Independent Age have published ‘Winter wise’ which has practical tips on staying warm and healthy in the winter months, including information on Winter Fuel Payments.  This information may be of use to those whom you support and those who may struggle in the cold weather.

You can download a copy of the guide or order a free copy by following the link:  Advice Guide Winter wise

independent age winter wise 4.11.19

 

Norwich City Council – Winter Wellbeing Conference

This conference is about working together to tackle fuel poverty and keeping people warm, well and healthy in Norwich. Norwich City Council will once again be providing talks regarding fuel poverty in Norwich, and networking opportunities.

They still have space available for delegates to attend and have always had excellent feedback regarding the networking opportunities available at this conference. Please feel free to share this agenda with colleagues, and please ask them to rsvp to rachelsowerby@norwich.gov.uk.

Norwich City Council winter wellbeing seminar 4.11.19

 

Extension to the Capacity Incentive Payments for Home Support Providers – 2018/19

Busy periods and Bank Holidays can create pressure and strain on the health and social care system which can result in people failing to get the support they need. Norfolk County Council understands the difficulties of operating as a care provider and working as a carer during busy periods. In recognition of this the Council is making available extra incentive funding to home support providers who pick up new packages during specifically defined times of high pressure. The aim of the initiative is to strengthen the workforce, support resilience and increase service capacity.

The incentives are one-off payments which Council staff are empowered to agree to be paid to the provider. To find how much the incentive payments are, when they apply and how to access them, please click on this link: Home Support Capacity Incentive Payment.

Keep winter at bay with Warm Homes Partnership funding

A message from Breckland Older Peoples forum.

As winter sets in and freezing winds, frost and snow come to the county, Breckland residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills and keep their homes warm are being encouraged to check whether they may be eligible to receive help through Norfolk’s Warm Homes Fund Partnership.

Breckland Council, alongside councils across Norfolk, are aiming to help more than 1,000 people across the County with funding towards the cost of putting in place better insulation and the installation of mains gas. It comes following the success of £3.1m funding bid to National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund, which was led by Broadland District Council on behalf of Norfolk’s districts. The improvements aim to help both renters and homeowners to efficiently heat their cold homes, which can have a significant impact on people’s lives.

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Growth at Breckland Council, said: “The aim is to help eligible people to access energy advice and support and to help those who do not have any central heating to put this in place at a reduced cost, which is important to their comfort, health and wellbeing. This is a fantastic initiative and we want to use this funding to help as many local people as possible, so I hope Breckland residents will explore how the Warm Homes Fund may be able to help them.”

The Warm Homes Fund is aimed at people whose homes do not already have central heating installs, as well as those with underlying health issues and carers of vulnerable people. To find out if you or someone you know may be eligible for support under the scheme, contact Breckland Council on 01362 656 870 or visit www.breckland.gov.uk/whf