The Care Act in Dudley

Care Act Easements As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the government has made provision for councils to temporarily ‘ease’ certain social care responsibilities if necessary, to help manage any extreme pressures. This would allow the council to respond to a major increase in requests for urgent social care support and a corresponding reduction in the availability of social care staff. Easements must only be triggered if it becomes absolutely essential, as local authorities must do everything possible to meet their existing duties under the Care Act without taking these new measures. What does this mean in Dudley? At the current  time we are at level 2 and do not need to trigger easements to our existing responsibilities under the Care Act. Services continue to be delivered albeit in some cases in a different way. For example face-to-face visits may have been replaced by phone calls and we have had to close some of our facilities Our services are being closely monitored to ensure we continue to meet the needs of local people. We will continue to adapt services as required to ensure we minimise any potential risks in providing our social care services....

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Quit for COVID

Smoking can lead to a weaker immune system, therefore putting people at greater risk of developing a severe complication from the COVID-19 virus. Those around them exposed to second hand smoke, including children, are also at an increased risk. Stopping smoking not only has health benefits for individuals and those around them, but also helps alleviate pressure on our NHS service. In Dudley, there are lots of free stop smoking services available including, ‘over the phone’ appointments with Wellness coaches, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products through the post, and the ‘Quit With Bella’ app – the Stop Smoking robo-coach. To access the local services, residents can call the Let’s Get Healthy Dudley team on 01384 732402 or visit: https://lets-get.com/healthy-lifestyles/stop-smoking/ Nationally, the #QuitForCovid campaign encourages smokers to quit together sharing their stories online, the website also offers information and support:...

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