The initiative was supported by the Partnership which wished to reduce levels of delayed discharge from hospital by eliminating or minimising waiting times for telecare installation to support older people living at home with a care package.
Earlier Carer identification and intervention. To support:
Older Carers have improved health and wellbeing, they are better supported and less isolated. Carers have better information to allow them to make informed choices about their caring role. Carers are more able to sustain their caring role.
The facility was established to pilot a model that would:
prevent unnecessary permanent admission to residential care
prevent unnecessary admission to hospital.
facilitate discharge from hospital and contribute to managing delays in discharge from acute or community hospitals.
deliver support to ensure a safe and full re-integration into the Service Users home and local community.
assist Service Users’ in setting and achieving their planned goals, placing the emphasis on the Service Users needs. Goals will be set with the service users and reviewed weekly or as required throughout their stay
support Service Users to regain and maintain daily living skills.
support carers in their role during a person’s stay in the unit and after the assessment period is complete.
respond quickly and flexibly to the changing needs of the Service Users to support their return home.
East Ayrshire Community Health Partnership have been working collaboratively with Council , Health Board, private and voluntary sectors colleagues over a number of years to reduce admissions and readmissions to hospital, encourage independence and support older people to remain at home. At the same time older people are telling us that they wish to stay in their own homes whenever it is safe and practical to do so, to be helped to be more independent; and to have choice and control over how they manage their lives. Intermediate Care and Enablement Services is recognised as a key approach to meet the challenge to re-shape health, care and support services for older people.
Connecting Carers is a third sector organisation that provides information, advice, support and training to unpaid Carers across the Highland region. They work with Carers in person but also have an active web community and popular blog which can be found on their website www.connectingcarers.org.uk
Encourage carers to think about emergency planning and introduce carers to helpful new technology that could be used if an emergency arose.