This project ensures the continued provision of the Reablement pilot (phase 1) and strengthening of the integrated Community Equipment Service to ensure responsive and integrated delivery of timely interventions whilst developing phase 2 of Reablement in partnership with Care at Home Services in the Western Isles.
It seeks to maximise existing resources, reducing unnecessary dependency, giving practical support to people to live safely, confidently and independently with some short term, intensive, practical support from a dedicated, well trained team.
Reablement is services for people with poor physical or mental health to help them accommodate their illness by learning or re-learning the skills necessary for daily living.
Reablement seeks to support people, maximise independence and reduce the whole life cost of care
Timely provision of equipment to support to reduce the risk of falls, enhance independence and support reablement programmes.
To improve the experience of carers of older people through the journey of hospital discharge from beginning to end. Carers expressed views that they felt excluded from the process of hospital discharge and needed to access relevant information and support.
Very few patients had an anticipatory care plan in place should they become unwell and none had a plan should their informal carer become unwell or unavailable. There were often separate plans in both Health and Social Care and sometimes access to the required information out of hours was difficult or the information just unknown, potentially resulting in short term care home admissions and avoidable hospital admissions.
The project allows early intervention with customers providing a range of services aimed at decreasing their reliance on medical or other statutory provision. Many of the customers were socially isolated and did not know how or where to access services and community supports OPAL allows for the customer to gain information about local social activities, lunch clubs and advice and information on such issues as benefits, income generation, housing, support for carers and volunteering.
Informal engagement with local providers has highlighted an opportunity to support training and development needs, in particular development of leadership and management skills for 9 care home managers and also 3 managers of extra care housing through the My Home Life programme.