When someone is affected by a significant illness/condition such as a stroke, it impacts upon the individual’s lifestyle, and may result in the individual becoming dependent on another person such as a spouse, daughter, son, friend or neighbour, in order to remain in their own home. Intervention from statutory/private/ voluntary services may be required in order to maintain the quality of life, and information and advice regarding the locally available services becomes essential for both the individual and their carer/family members. The individual and their carer are then able to make informed decisions regarding support services, based on the information they have been provided with, which allows them to maintain control during their transition from hospital into their own home.
Early interventions with carers in the hospital setting will enable carers to be informed of systems in place, their right to a Carers Assessment and the process of that assessment, and the eligibility criteria for health and social care provisions. It will also enable planning for support services such as, respite and support groups.
As the Third Sector Interface organisation in Angus VAA is building new cultures of care at three levels
To empower communities to care by mobilising and connecting community volunteering efforts through positive community development approaches.
Develop local co-production and social enterprise potential
Build the capacity and coherence of the third sector for culture change.
VAA also has a major role in reshaping care within community planning and undertakes research on new arrangements for working with communities with NHS Tayside, as evident in the Civic Health movement developed on behalf of NHS Tayside.
A lady with poor mobility with pain on standing/walking, reduced confidence in walking, difficulty with activities of daily living including bathing & stairs (only one banister) and problems related to chest infections. Financial worries and concerns related to her disease progression.
Support carers in the management of medicines to allow patients to have their medicines administered in a safe and informed manner and to allow older patients to remain in their home safely and to reduce unscheduled hospital admissions caused by inappropriate use of medicines