Care Minister, Norman Lamb, said care provider ubu, had greatly ‘impressed’ him with their innovative uStep model and said that everyone had a responsibility to do more to help vulnerable adults still locked away from public view.
Mr Lamb made the comments after visiting consumers in Leeds, who are supported by ubu. The organisation provides specialist support for complex vulnerable adults, children and young people enabling them to live safely and more independently as an active part in their local community.
He met consumers, staff and management to discuss ubu's unique uStep model of health and specialised social care support and saw how it made significant impact on the lives of those it supported. Mr. Lamb spent time meeting a number of the consumers in Leeds, talking with them about the significant changes that ubu had helped bring about in their lives through its specialised uStep support.
Afterwards he said that ubu had greatly impressed him how they had achieved such positive outcomes for so many people, and said that more had to be done for those missing out on this kind of support and the chance of independent living.
“Too many people are still not living in their own homes but are still locked away,” he said.
“The contrast between this uStep and institutional care which still exists for far too many is just enormous. It makes you realise what is possible for people who have been locked away from public view.
“There is an enormous responsibility on us all to make it happen and organisations such as ubu are doing just that.”
Mr. Lamb was keen to speak to as many ubu consumers as possible in their own homes to find out how their specialised support differed from other models, as he seeks best practice from providers around the UK.
uStep has been developed and continues to advance as ubu’s determination continues to enable people to live more independent lives at the heart of their own communities. Guided by their specialist enablers, consumers set out their own goals, aspirations and are supported as they work towards achieving them.
In a comparatively short period even those with the most complex needs begin to see significant changes to their lives and begin to enjoy a better quality of life thanks to initiatives put in place by ubu at the behest of their consumers.
Dorothy Jarvis- Lee said "There is no logic, political, medical nor social excuse good enough in 2014 to justify failing to support such vulnerable people by putting them away in institutions it is cruel beyond any comprehension and has to stop immediately" she went on to say "the hideous reality is that it even costs the government more to turn their backs on these vulnerable people".