Invigor8 – North Ayrshire

Examples of Practice

Invigor8 is an evidence based exercise programme for Falls Prevention for people over 65 who are at risk of fall. This community based programme is suitable for those who have a fear of falling, feel unstable, have a history of falling, have low bone density or family history of osteoporotic fracture.

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West Dunbartonshire LinkUp

Examples of Practice

LinkUp is integrated community navigation, signposting and direct support service which uses a single telephone point of contact to enable the streamlining of referrals to, from and between the key community and third sector agencies in West Dunbartonshire thereby helping to support older people maintain their independence at home and in the community.

The service is based on the ‘Village Agents’ model which aims to help local residents quickly and effectively make contact with and be referred to a wide variety of local community and third sector agencies.

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Reablement Service – Perth & Kinross

Examples of Practice

Reablement supports a service focus on independence and harnesses the joint input of health and social services.

The Reablement Service launched in Perth City in October, 2010, is designed to help people regain skills that will allow them to live as independently as possible in their own homes. The Reablement service is also key in ensuring the Council can meet the challenges that lie ahead for service provision.

The number of people aged over 65 living in Perth and Kinross is expected to increase by 74% by 2031. The Scottish Government has set national objectives that all Scottish councils must meet, with the focus on helping older people remain in their own homes as independently as possible.

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Adult Befriending Service – Voluntary Action Orkney

Examples of Practice

Voluntary Action Orkney received funds from Orkney’s Reshaping Care for Older People Change Fund to expand its existing Adult Befriending Service to specifically target older people at risk of or experiencing isolation and loneliness and reduce that isolation and loneliness. In reality many of the issues that befriending can help tackle are not age-specific and the expansion therefore built on a strong base of existing activity, knowledge and experience.

The health and social care partners in Orkney have accepted that there is significant existing evidence to show that isolation can both cause and exacerbate poor health outcomes. Reducing isolation is understood to prevent or at least delay such outcomes from arising and therefore prevent or at least delay the increased use of other more expensive services. The Befriending Service therefore forms an integral part of Orkney’s overall approach to the improved health and well-being of older people.

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Moray Handy Person Services (MHS)

Examples of Practice

MHPS sets out to maintain people independently and safely in their own homes and communities, which has been a key aspiration of all of Moray’s Reshaping Care for Older People Change Plans so far. The partners (NHS, council, third and private sectors) recognise that the small cost of helping maintain independence in this way can represent significant value for money when compared with the costs that result from that independence diminishing.

Such costs might be significant, for example, the cost of admission to hospital or a move to residential care. Local councillors have been especially supportive and this type of service is viewed as an essential part of the picture of support in Moray.

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