Specialist care services in Surrey

Other specialist services

Support for people with disabilities

Surrey Choices provides a range of support services in the community for people (usually aged 18+) with physical, mental or learning disabilities. The objective is to enable independence and help people to live the best life possible, with support.

Surrey Choices is all about helping you and your family to find the best support, care, activities and services for your needs. The company’s flexibility means it changes to suit you – not the other way around – so whatever you do at Surrey Choices will be right for your situation, your needs and your ambitions.

Surrey Choices offers a range of day and community support services throughout Surrey including its new innovative personal assistance service, shared lives service, enhanced home living and support, supported employment, training and skills for independence and a professional social work practice team in addition to the respite/short breaks service.

Services provided include:

  • rebound therapy;
  • Tea & Memories;
  • evening clubs;
  • a café;
  • hydrotherapy pool;
  • sensory rooms;
  • arts and crafts;
  • massage, chiropody and foot care;
  • gym/exercise equipment;
  • radio/DJ experience; and
  • Summery Programme with a wide range of ‘taster’ courses,

Other specialist services include FirstPoint: Hard of Hearing, Deaf and Interpreting Services and Sight for Surrey.

FirstPoint: Hard of Hearing, Deaf and Interpreting Services’ team offers information and advice, needs assessments and a range of equipment to support people to live independently in their own homes. The team has first-hand experience of hearing loss and understanding its impact.

Sight for Surrey caters for visually impaired people within Surrey. It offers support and advice as well as classes in Braille, magnifiers and other reading equipment. It can also help organise grants/loans.

Mental health services

If you have concerns about your mental health or require help for someone in your family, you should contact your GP in the first instance, who will advise on the best way to address the issue. This may be dealt with by the primary care services or you may be referred to your local Community Mental Health Recovery Service (CMHRS) which provides a range of services.

The local team will determine your eligibility for services and carry out a comprehensive assessment of your needs. You will be given a statement of your needs and a support plan will be established to meet these needs using a supported self-assessment approach. For your social care needs, you will be supported to choose how best to meet these needs and improve your recovery. The majority of services are aimed at supporting people in their own homes but if the assessment deems that you need more support than this, you will be helped to identify a resource that will meet your assessed needs.

For further information, visit www.surreycc.gov.uk

End of life care

End of life care is ‘care that helps all those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness (malignant and non-malignant alike) to live as well as possible until they die. It enables the supportive and palliative care needs of both patient and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.’

Due to the ageing population, the number of deaths per year in England and Wales is expected to rise by 17% between 2012 and 2030 (Gomes & Higginson 2008). We know that nationally 70% of people would prefer to die at home, yet 51% still die in hospital.

Our aim is to work in partnership to commission end of life care pathways that offer choice, consist of high-quality services, embed best practice and support both patients and care workers, taking account of their physical, psychological, spiritual, cultural and social needs during the end of life and into bereavement.

Our commitment to joint commissioning, focusing firmly on individual needs, ensuring we work in an integrated way with CCGs, service providers and other partners, and our promoting of friends, family and community, helps ensure we deliver consistent and high-quality care for people, including those approaching the end of life.