Sefton Council has set up a grant scheme for Care Agencies as part of its continued commitment to supporting our local Nursing and residential care home sector, and to further improve the quality of its offering to service users.
The Grant Scheme consists of a total funding amount of £200,000, with the maximum for any one bid being £20,000. If care homes can indicate that they will match funding, for example if applying for a £10,000 grant and providing £10,000 themselves, the Council would look more favourably on bids of this nature.
The grant is open for applicants wishing to use the funding for either:
- Making physical improvements to care homes
- Implementing technological solutions
- Improving legacy systems
This criterion has been chosen purposefully. To make care homes more dementia friendly and to increase the positive experiences for service users and their families/advocates.
Examples of the types of proposals the Council is seeking, relate to:
- Improvements to gardens / outdoor spaces / communal areas to afford Service Users and their Families improved opportunities to access outdoor spaces and use areas for improved social interaction and activities
- Improvements to communal areas within the care home to support greater social interaction
- Improvements to areas within the care home in order to make them more dementia friendly and to provide an environment which reduces Service User anxiety/distress
- The purchasing of technological solutions/equipment (for example Interactive Tables, Robotic Pets and technology to support reminiscence therapy and contact with family) for use by Service Users in order to improve their quality of life
You can find the State Aid notice here.