A £1m cash windfall will help improve care for Trafford residents who require help in their own homes, local authority bosses have said.

More than 1,700 who receive daily assistance will receive more personalised support as part of pilot schemes to be rolled out later this year.

Council leader Andrew Western said the initiative will ‘improve lives’ and is set against a backdrop of increasing budget pressures for adult social care.

The cash has been allocated from the Greater Manchester transformation budget, a central pot of NHS funding and part of the city-region’s health devolution deal.

The pilot schemes will explore ways community-based staff can provide better care for residents who need help with daily tasks, such as getting dressed, taking medication or housework.

It will mean residents will be helped regularly by a ‘familiar face, whatever their requirements’.

Feedback will then be used to formulate long-term delivery plans, the council said.

They will come under the umbrella of the authority’s Let’s Talk initiative – which bosses say ‘puts the individual at the centre of care decisions’.

Coun Western said: “We know that social care is under a lot of pressure at the moment.

“We have managed to put extra money into the adult social care budget this year but we still want to improve the lives of residents by creating better and more efficient services.

“We are keen to continue transforming the way we deliver services and we believe these pilot schemes are innovative ideas that will promote independence, improve health and reduce health inequalities.”

As part of the scheme, support workers will visit care recipients who are admitted to hospital to help with discharge arrangements, ensuring a faster process and easing pressure on bed capacity.

The services will now go out to tender, the council said. The move was signed off by the town hall and Trafford’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) last week.

Martyn Pritchard, accountable officer of Trafford CCG, added: “It’s vital that services continue to innovate and this money will enable us to do just that.”