Adult Placement Scheme - Ongoing support for carers
This video explains the support offered to carers, including the
opportunity to join a network where you can meet other carers.
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Carer 1 (Female): I know I’ve got a phone
number that I can ring 24 hours a day, if I need to. I’ve never had
to, but it’s nice to know it’s there.
Adult Placement Scheme manager: We provide
ongoing support for the providers and carers. That will include
regular contact with our Adult Placement Scheme Organizers, regular
opportunities to meet with other carers so there is a development
of a network.
Carer 1 (Female): I have a Care Manager and
there is a team for our finances. There is somebody there for
everything and they are all most helpful, most pleasant and they
work with us and for us.
Adult Placement Scheme Organizer: As an Adult
Placement Scheme Organizer, my main role is to support Blossom and
Mick, the carers in anything they want to talk about, in terms of
planning anything with Mark and Karl. Also, because the scheme gets
inspected by The Commission for Social Care Inspection, we come and
look at all the paperwork and make sure everything is in order so
the scheme can continue to be approved and function. But at the
same time, when I come, I’ll see Mark or Karl and just ask them how
they’re getting on, with what they do during the day. In one sense,
it’s a check on how happy they are and it monitors the service as
well. It’s done in a very informal way, seeing what people do with
their life and try to build a lifestyle that they will really
Carer 2: The support we had was
incredible, we didn’t expect it. They helped us with our holiday
and with your holiday as well.
Service user 2: Yes.
Carer 2: We have reviews about every 6
months, don’t we Denise.
Service user 2: Yes we do.
Carer 2: Social Workers and the Placement
Officer will come down and chat with us about how things are
Carer 3: And it’s a chance for everyone to
get together, Sue, Nan, myself and John and Sue’s Social Worker,
all get together and discuss how the placement is going and if
there are any problems or anything we need to do, differently.
Service user 3: I can actually talk to them and
say what I am feeling as well.
Carer 4: We’ve done quite a few courses.
You had to do the foundation day and we did the first aid course.
On all these courses, you’re not only learning but you meet others
in the same position.
Carer 5: They sent us a list from the KCC
and you can choose which one you want to go on and they have them
is several areas so you don’t have to travel too far.
Carer 4: We receive a lot of support from
the Kent Adult Placement Scheme. We have our own Adult Placement
Manager, Shirley and she comes out to us and we have regular
Carer 5: You have to be professional about
your job. Confidentiality is very important.
Carer 2: I feel totally accountable to
Denise and by inference, to KCC as well.
Carer 4: We also have a Care Manager for
Paul and Debbie, Sylvie and she comes regularly to talk to them but
she also is a good contact for me and we have regular
multi-disciplinary team meetings.