Referrals to the Angus Carers Centre from health providers were low. This is a key source of identification of carers where support can be provided to allow them to continue to care and have a life outside of caring.
We know that often families don’t access a break from their caring role until they are in a crisis situation which can mean that the caring role breaks down or the carer’s health and wellbeing deteriorates. We wanted to introduce a short breaks scheme that was preventative and relatively easy to access and that would also give increased flexibility giving families more control.
Identifying older people at risk of admission/ readmission to hospital. High rates of multi-morbidity in older population. Evidence suggests that ‘anticipatory’ discussions with older people with long term conditions regarding their future care choices can reduce avoidable admissions
Users of the previous traditional home care service received a service that operated in a culture of ‘doing things for’ people that reinforced deficits and increased dependency. This ‘locked in’ resources with people who had the potential to improve their confidence, self esteem and independence while demand for the service was increasing because of the growing numbers of older people. In addition, there were financial pressures on the local authority.