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Council invests in prevention plan

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Northamptonshire County Council has put £1.3m into setting up eight pilot schemes in adult social care needs.

The projects will focus on early intervention and extra prevention services for adults with social care needs and five more projects, at a cost of £190,418, will tackle mental health, visual impairment and dementia.

The council hopes that these prevention schemes will help people with social care needs achieve a better quality of life and reduce demand for social care services in the future.

The schemes should allow people to retain their independence and lessen the risk of requiring admission to hospital or residential care.

“This work is part of our ongoing efforts to adopt a new approach to the provision of adult social care in the county,” said Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for health and adult social services.

“By focusing on prevention and early intervention, we will be able to rely far less on admitting people to residential or nursing care but promote the independence, health and well-being of adults with social care needs living in Northamptonshire as well as helping them remain living in their own homes for as long as possible,” he added.

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