The complexity of people with care needs has increased over recent years. The service means that people with high level needs can be supported at home with care delivered overnight. Previously this was only possible in a residential or hospital setting. Prior to the investment from the Change Fund there were two Overnight teams. The investment from the Change Fund allowed another three teams to be established. This has allowed people to move home from hospital, or remain at home, whereas previously a move away from home would be the only feasible outcome for meeting their needs. In some cases the requirement for care overnight was the only stumbling block to meaning someone could be cared for in their own home.
The early identification of carers in order to provide information and support before the caring role begins to have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of the carer.
The aim was to identify carers at the point of hospital discharge, and to provide information and support to the carers of older people in Falkirk at this vital time at the start of their caring journey or when their caring role was changing.
We are addressing the specific needs of older carers and carers of older people. The aim is to identify and support older carers by addressing the emotional and practical impacts of their caring role and providing information sessions and guidance/training more specific to the needs of older carers.