Leading disability charity Enham Trust is encouraging people across the seven counties in which it is working with CCG’s, who are elderly, vulnerable or living with a disability to get in touch to see what support they could be entitled to through its Personal Health Budget (PHB) support service.
Enham Trust, established in 1919, has been providing Information, Advice and Guidance since 2008 to people who want to remain independent and living in their own home, and who need to understand what care and support is available to them, either through accessing direct payments or by funding their care themselves.
Supporting over 6,000 individuals who are either direct payment recipients, or self-funders who have a wide range of health and care issues from a variety of backgrounds, the charity is currently working with CCG’s in Cornwall, Devon, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Bristol and Dorset.
From payroll services, recruitment and employment support and advice, through to managing accounts and personal assistant services, Enham Trust offers guidance when drawing up support plans for CCGs and their referrals to ensure they meet the agreed health outcomes before they are submitted to the NHS for approval.
For Maggie – a 26 year-old from Plymouth who has autism and severe learning disabilities – and her family, Enham Trust’s Personal Health Budget support service has made an invaluable difference to her quality of life and the people closest to her.
Her mother Mary explains: “When Maggie was in crisishe needed 3:1 support. Since the Public Health Budget started in June, Maggie has been receiving 2:1 support, and she has not been in crisis since; in fact support has been reduced to 1:1 for two hours every day.
“This is thanks to the fact that Maggie can now access head massage, and regular swimming in a suitable pool, as well as chiropody, which has meant she’s now so stress free as a result. Previously Maggie self-injured herself regularly, which was awful to see and manage. This has now reduced significantly and she is sleeping at night; whereas previously she would not sleep for three weeks at a time.
“The Personal Health Budget and support package we have designed around Maggie is working so well. Before I was having daily input into Maggie’s care, sorting problems out, checking the carers were in and out on time. I don’t have to worry about that now.
“We have a secure team of staff – 10 people in total – who have all been recruited by word of mouth and free sites – no advertising was required. Everything is simple to manage; we use a payroll service, which is very easy and straightforward. Everyone works to a pre-set rota.
“It’s a pity we couldn’t do this 10 years ago as Maggie’s life would have been so much nicer. There have been times that we thought she might have to go into secure residential unit because everything was so awful and stressful.
“There has also been a massive reduction in the cost of Maggie’s care and support and we are looking to reduce this further in the future.”
CEO of Enham Trust Peta Wilkinson said: “Independence is a vital component of all of our lives, but especially so for disabled people. Our Personal Health Budget support service offers people practical support to achieve their goals, live in their own home, and lead fulfilling and productive lives and it’s great to see its working effectively for Maggie.
“Personal Health Budgets recognise the importance of personalisation in an individual’s care needs. Putting control back into their hands and empowering people to manage their own care and support.
“To ensure our services are person centred and provide continuity, we commit to providing a two day response to every referral and offer a 9am – 5pm helpline, with each customer allocated their own advisor and a team of back up support.”
Enham Trust continues to expand the support it provides to try to help as many disabled, elderly, and vulnerable people as possible across the country to live lives of choice, control and independence
For further information about Enham Trust’s Public Health Budget support service, call 01264 345862 or www.enhamtrust.org.uk/Our-Services/Information-Advice-and-Guidance